Monday, May 21, 2012

Completing Another Incentive

When Kai was motivated last month to earn The Scrambled States of America Talent Show book, we knew that we had to set up another incentive program for him using the dvd of the book as the prize.

Similar to the last program, he could earn one state each day he was safe at school, or for doing certain non-preferred activities. Each time he earned a state, he could color it in on his map. And, when he had all 50 states colored in, he would receive the dvd.

This time, we gave him an additional way to earn a state – for not knocking on our bedroom door in the middle of the night. I thought it was about time for us to try to break him of that habit.

Alas, the incentive of coloring in an additional state was not enough. Night after night, I heard the knock, knock at our door, and I continued to tuck him back in bed, and then slept in the extra bed in his room.

Until this weekend.

On Friday night at bedtime, with only a few states left before he could finally get his new dvd, he decided that he would not wake me up for the next two nights so that he could watch the dvd over the weekend.

He followed through on his intentions and I got two nights of uninterrupted sleep.

When we woke up on Sunday morning, Kai was able to color in the last state on the map.

He was really excited to watch the dvd. We had a special breakfast edition of our traditional Video Nights, as we had donuts, fruits, and green smoothies while watching the video.

For fans of the book, you will be happy to know that the video does a great job of bringing all of the fun little aspects of the book to life. We all enjoyed it, and Kai wanted to watch it over and over again.

Now that we had a little success with him not waking me up in the middle of the night, we are looking to continue to motivate him in the hopes of breaking that habit once and for all.

Hopefully I will be well rested and have good news to report in another week and a half.


  1. Good job Kai! Now he knows that it is just a matter of wanting something badly enough that allows a person to go that extra mile in his pursuits.

    I know daddy is happy, as well as well rested. :)

    1. Yes, and hopefully he will also learn that he doesn't really need Dad in the middle of the night. :)


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