Editors note: I posted the actual chart made on Excel. For some reason, the lines on the chart show up while I’m writing, but do not appear to show up in the preview of the post. You’ll have to use your imagination and picture the little squares that go with the numbers.
Eli loves chocolate.
The only other thing Eli loves as much as chocolate is playing video games. The problem is that once he’s playing, he doesn’t want to get off. We allow him to play in increments of 1 hour at a time. Unfortunately, he often stalls when it’s quitting time.
“I can’t! I have to finish this battle!” can be heard resonating throughout the house every time his hour is up.
We always give him plenty of warning as to when quitting time is approaching. We’ve tried consequences. Threats of losing the ability to play for the rest of the day. But it seems that he usually ends up in a panic or meltdown because we keep having to say, “Eli…you’re past your time. Eli…you were supposed to have gotten off 5 minutes ago. Eli…Eli…Eli….”
“Aaaaahhh! I’m trying!” It’s become a constant battle that ends with screaming and a self-induced anxiety fit.
So I decided to incorporate another idea from the seminar we attended the other night.
|Got off video games/Kindle/computer On Time|
Every time Eli gets off video games on time — and by “on time” I mean that he is no more than 1 minute past his designated quitting time — he gets to place a check mark or a sticker in the numbered square. After he succeeds in getting off the game on time 10 times in a row, he will earn himself a big candy bar of his choice.
I explained the process and the goal to him and he seemed like he was into it. In fact, he might have salivated a little.
I’m hoping the promise of chocolate will be a goal worthy of working toward. I’m hopeful that it will help solve the issue of getting off the game on time and curb the obligatory meltdown at the end of each game. Honestly, I fully expect screams and tantrums because he was two minutes over and doesn’t get to place his sticker. But…we’re going to have to work through it.
Just like everything else.
Now if I can come up with an idea to keep him rolling around on the floor sighing and saying, “I’m booooored!” every time he is in between being allowed to play.
I’m excited about all the ideas I’m gaining from these seminars! I can’t wait to go to the next one!
For some reason, I really want chocolate now….