Something great happened tonight. I rewarded Dominic for cleaning (vacuum upstairs and downstairs and empty the dishwasher) with being able to stay up an extra 45 minute with ME doing whatever he wanted (since everyone else goes to bed). I had the reward of video games on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn't say it. We had SO MUCH FUN. After FHE, Sean and Penny went upstairs and Dominic and I played with Michael until he got tired. I fed Michael a bottle while Dominic looked at toys on amazon.com. Then I put Michael in his crib and Dominic and I decided to do our personal scripture study (something that neither one of us have been very good at doing everyday). He decided to memorize the 5th article of faith and I helped him by putting the first letter of each word on the chalkboard. He learned it in a matter of 5 minutes or so. Then we tackled some stuff from his scout book. We talked about things.......we had fun, laughed, cried (not like last time) and made funny faces at each other. This is what mom's are supposed to do........where have I been?? How have we been missing this?? No more rewarding...this is just gonna happen but shhhhhhhhhhhh, lets continue to let him think he has to work for it.
He left Dad a note on his computer for him to see in the morning (see, he felt good too. It made him want to do an act of service). It said, "LOVE you so Much. Have a good day!"
There's my boy.
Our FHE was this video and then I made a chart consisting of 4 handcarts on one paper and then used a sheet of labels to make a bunch of stickers of things we do during the day to fill our cart. I made a weeks worth, one sheet per day for our family. Each day we can re-assess and empty things form our cart and not put them back in for the following day. The kids really enjoyed filling up their carts.