Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Free Printable: Computer Time Reward Coupons

Since school started a couple of weeks ago, our 6-1/2 year old son has been behaving very "special". He has been especially finding pleasure in tormenting his little brother and sister. I know this is normal "big brother" behavior up to a point, but it is starting to make the atmosphere very negative in our household. Whenever we get into this negative zone, eventually we need to take a step back and figure out how to break the cycle. Our son could be behaving like this because he is going from 1/2 day kindergarten last year to full day 1st grade this year. This may be causing him to crave more attention since he is away from the house so much now.

So I thought about what one of the most important things is to him currently and came up with computer time. Right at the end of summer vacation, he started to show a noticeably increased interest in playing online games. So instead of punishing him by taking this away, we decided he can earn computer time in 15 minute increments by being a good big brother. This includes being nice to the twins, helping them out without being asked, playing with them when they ask even if he would rather be doing something else, among other things.

I created these basic computer time coupons below to make this positive reinforcement more official (and fun). He can collect them and cash them in anytime when computer play is appropriate. I thought I would share them in case they might be useful for your household.


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