Before we get to today’s scheduled post, I just feel like I need to take a moment and acknowledge the loss of lives yesterday at the Boston Marathon; some meeting death, others facing a life very much unlike the one they had previous to the race. Lost limbs, lost love ones, lost hope….all things that require a time of mourning.
It is my utmost prayer, that on their knees in their agony, they find Jesus. That they feel His gentle touch as He gathers them in His arms of love. The world we live in, is a dark, scary, sinful place….but friends, we always have hope in Jesus. In His promise of eternal life after death, in one day coming back and rescuing the lost, taking His children home to be with Him in Paradise. Oh, how glorious that day will be…….until then, do not lose heart, for He has overcome the world!
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Now, on to today’s previously scheduled post:
Notice something new in my kitchen?
Ok, ok, you are right. That Kraft Cheese Box didn’t used to be there. A new antique find from a friend, but nope….that’s not it. It’s higher up on the shelf…..
You found it!
The Yell Jar
So at our house, we work a lot on FIRST time obedience. There are seasons of life we all do better about this. Lately, I have been losing my cool with the kids.
“I told you to do the DISHWASHER! WHY IS NO ONE OUT HERE DOING IT!?!?!?!?!??!”
My point could be gotten across just as sweetly, had I walked into the playroom and reminded them to come do it. This action would be followed up, by giving them all a strike on the Strike Board, because SLOW obedience is the same as NO obedience.
Dale reads through the board at the end of the day and we talk about the choices that were made, and we discipline accordingly if someone got 3 strikes, or reward accordingly for 3 stars that are a sign of GOOD behavior.
As you can see, Tylan had slow obedience this morning when I asked him to go get his shoes on and make his bed before school.
Anyhow, back to the topic at hand, yelling.
Honestly, I get lazy at times, and its easier to holler across the house, or get their attention by yelling my instructions again, LOUDLY this time!
Dale found himself doing the same thing, sooo, he came up with “The Yell Jar”. Whoever yells, puts a dollar in the jar.
HOWEVER, we have kids that forget to use inside voices, and they yell sometimes too, so at that point, THEY put a dollar in.
The only rule is, NO making someone yell by provoking!!!!! The provoker gets the dollar charge if this occurs.
So far, so good! Except if you look closely at that photo, you will notice that $2 of those $3 in there, are from me.
What can I say, I am a work in progress!
IT IS TIME TO Cleannn…..
OH, er, um, I meant…….
Oh children, it’s time to clean up, please!! 🙂
Someone asked a good question: What happens when the yell jar is full?
Dale says the answer is: Go out for ice cream and celebrate that we don’t holler anymore!!!!!