Right before Liam turned four, he became a little mouse. He would sneak in our room and sleep on our floor. It had come to a point that every night we left a blanket and pillow on the ground as we knew he would arrive sooner or later. When we moved to Dallas, his desire to stay in our room increased. Jason and I knew that this behavior had to end, but we had just transitioned from all he knew (Baton Rouge) and didn’t want to force him to sleep alone in a new room. (I know; we should not have given in, but sometimes giving in happens.) However, about two months ago, we both agreed the behavior needed to end; not just for our sake, but for his as well. We tried all we knew to keep him from coming into our room. We even tried returning him to his room if we found him on our floor. Nothing was working, until one day, while on Pinterest I saw a “Stay In My Bed” card. Pretty clever idea…a simple card that Liam could punch a hole into if he stayed in his bed all night. He could choose the reward for completing an entire card and voila. Well the next day, we put this simple card to the test. And it was miraculous! Something as simple as a card, I printed out at home, changed over a year of coming into our room. He still wakes up so excited that he slept through the night in his own room. He even has gotten to the point where he stays in his room until we come out of ours. Thank you Pinterest for this simple idea that revolutionized our home.
Out of this, I have realized that working through something with your child, does not have to be so complex. Sometimes your child needs just a little something to “punch”.
Do you have a reward system you have used that is simple, but works? If so, please share as we parents need all the help we can get. Cheers to this parenting adventure.