"There should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire."
-David O. Mckay
Lately as a family we've had a yelling problem. Or shall I say a listening problem. Possibly an ignoring problem. In other words, it seems as though the children can't hear us (the parents) unless our voices are raised a few notches. We discuss this problem often and have tried all sorts of remedies.
But...it wasn't until the 7-year-old took it upon herself to create this "No Yelling Chart" for the family that things started to really change around here. Trust me, this was none of our doing, and I still don't know quite what to think. I'm a little worried that we may have our hands full in a few years when she is a teenager, coming up with these kind of ideas. Let me explain:
You see, there was one catch. (Unbenowst to us) Averie decided that the reward for earning all smiley faces for the week was to get a new puppy.
And after working incredibly hard all week, they asked, "When are we going to get our puppy? None of us yelled all week!" We were a little caught off guard. Daddy reacted very quickly, "How bout a goldfish?" Then there was lots of jumping up and down and squealing with excitement.
What?!?! A goldfish makes up for a puppy? What they don't realize is now their case for getting a puppy just got much harder.
Do you have a listening/yelling problem at your house? Bribery works great, and it's even better when it's their idea.