First day of points and how it went | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Saturday, June 14, 2008

First day of points and how it went

I think it went quite well.

Bria earned a lot of points. She was also in the negative for most of the day because of fighting or talking back. She's had a little attitude issue since school's been out, and hopefully this will help. I do have to say that she was much nicer towards the end of the day and was even happily singing as she swept the kitchen floor after dinner so she could have enough points to watch a movie. I'd call that a success.

Chloe didn't earn as many points, but she also didn't lose too many. The hard thing with Chloe is that incentive programs in general don't work with her. She really weighs her options and then decides that she'd rather not practice piano or whatever, even if it means she loses something or doesn't get something. So I'm surprised how well she did today. She also tends to be a real angel when we start something like this, so we'll see how it goes once it's old hat. We'll also see how it goes when she goes to bed tonight, as she loses 2 points every time she gets out of bed. If she has a "normal" night, she'll lose herself around 20 points.

My house is a lot cleaner than normal, and I didn't do much of it. That's awfully nice.

My shoe basket is empty. In general, it should probably be emptied once every two days, but this never, ever happens. It's very nice not to have shoes cascading all over the entryway for once.

I do have to do a lot of supervising and making sure that chores are done completely and well. Bria had to re-vacuum a room about 4 times today, but the second room she vacuumed was done right the first time. The fact that they've wanted to do chores when it wasn't necessarily convenient for me has been only slightly annoying. I'm trying to focus on the fact that, hello! They want to do chores!!!

All in all, I'd say it's successful. The trick will be to keep it all going.

I'll let you know. :)


  1. That is great, I have a points in my house they have been doing it for about two weeks and they are still going strong.

  2. You always have such great ideas. THanks for sharing. I need to do something I am desperate for some order around here.

  3. My kids are always so much better at sticking with a points system than I am. I've said it before and I'll say it again - maybe I need a points system! :O)

    Congrats on a successful first day!

  4. UGH! The dreaded shoe basket. ours is out of control!

  5. Inspirational, truly. I should start a system like this. Thanks for the great ideas (as usual)!

  6. Mom was telling me today about your system so I had to read it for myself. Sounds promising. We've been implementing a rewards system for Kanoa & now that I need his help in listening more than ever, it can get frustrating.

  7. I have to say my younger daughter had to witness first hand the reward her older sister recieved for following the system before she began to follow through.