In going through all of our pictures, I realized that I have very few where Poppy does NOT have a pacifier in her mouth – and the ones that don’t feature the pacifier just show her crying because she wants to put it back in.
To help the brutal process of taking away Poppy’s baba (scene every morning: “Baaabaaa goooonnnnneee…” in the most mournful sob you’ve ever heard x 1000000 until you want to stab your eyes out), we’ve decided to start a sticker chart. I enlisted the kids’ help in making a list of what gets a sticker. Here’s what they came up with:
GOOD (You get a sticker and, in a new twist, you are declared “Mommy’s Favorite Child” for 5 minutes)
- No daytime babas.
- Drinking milk without vanilla + sugar added (yes, we basically turn a wholesome beverage into a melted milkshake so that William will drink it)
- Picking up after yourself
- Talking about important things (I’m planning to set a pretty high threshold here, like perhaps discussions of the shutdown, or Syria? Except you can’t just regurgitate what you hear on Jon Stewart, that totally doesn’t count. It has to *add* to the discussion.)
- Brushing teeth really well.
- Staying in your own bed until the morning.
- Protecting someone from a poisonous snake OR a crocodile. (We both agreed these warrant two stickers for each instance.)
BAD (You lose a sticker and Mommy tells you how much of a disappointment you are)
- Hitting or hurting one another, or being unkind
- Misbehaving after one warning
- Drinking wine when you are a little kid (I wasn’t aware that they were jonesing for wine so badly that we need to make this a bullet point, but William insisted)
- No candy during dinner, or swallowing bubble gum (I also added “no spitting bubble bum on the floor for mommy to find later just because you forgot to keep chewing and it fell out of your mouth”)
- No poking anyone in the eye. (True)