I’m not a huge fan of online shopping. I like the act of shopping; the walking and the browsing and the excuse to leave my kids with Boatman for a few hours. It’s relaxing and satisfying.
But Darwin’s not a big place, and sometimes our options are limited. So with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it was time to explore a little more thoroughly the world of web shopping, and where better place to start, than a fellow bloggers boutique.
I stumbled across Mums the Word Boutique on Facebook, and was instantly banned by Boatman. The temptation was just too great. Sarah has all sort of gorgeous stuff here like these cute stuff animals.
This picnic set that I just know Bridie would adore,
And a whole bunch of handmade Christmas goodies.
I also came across this.
A My Choice Magnetic chart.
These kinds of things really appeal to me; anything that can help the kids get some kind if visual cue as to how they are improving their behaviour is a great idea in my book.
So when, literally 5 days after seeing these online I was asked to review them, I jumped at the chance.
The set comes with a magnetic board, and a sheet of magnets for your child to ‘decorate’ it. There is a little photo frame that you can put their pic in (which I didn’t do because I am shocking when it comes to printing photos,) and included is a washable marker with eraser so it can be personalized with your child’s name.
The pack also comes with a booklet to help you get the most out of the chart, and suggestions for rewards.
The basic idea is simple. You choose a character quality that you want your child to develop, and then talk with them about it. Together you agree on a ‘reward’ activity, which is then written on another magnet at the bottom. When you child displays the desired behaviour, they place a star magnet on the ‘night sky’ section of the chart, and at the end of the set time, you count how many stars they got, congratulate their achievement, and carry out your activity.
The stars come in yellow and blue, so you could easily work with two children at the same time, or with one child and two character traits. I’ve used it once with Bailey and we focused on patience and kindness, and when he was done, we went out for ice-cream.
He did great applying kindness by sharing with his baby sister.
I’ve done sticker charts a lot in the past, and what I like about this is that it’s all there, in one convenient pack, and it doesn’t take a lot of work from me. Also it challenged the way I did things. With the older girls I have always set a ‘target’ for stickers, but the work book suggested that instead of setting a goal, you set a time limit and just praise them for the good they did. I found this was very effective for Bailey’s age because he could see the end. Next time I will try it with Taylah and Bridie, and I’ll probably require them to achieve all their stars because of their age.
The other thing I really like about this is the way it encourages children to choose. The back of the chart has over a hundred suggestions for positive choice words, and encourages parents to remind their children to say I choose.
‘I choose to be purposeful.’
‘I choose to be calm.
‘I choose to be hopeful.’
You get the idea.
It’s very proactive and encourages little ones to take responsibility which I I really love.
The best bit is, thanks to Mums the Word, you too can have your own My Choice Chart for your little ones! Sarah is graciously giving one lucky Diary of a SAHM reader a pack valued at $34.95, which is be exciting, because as you all no doubt know, I love helping families find better ways of doing things.
Oh, and if you needed any further convincing, Sarah is a fellow LooBlogger! She won last weeks Facebook Competition, so that makes her all kinds of cool!
For this comp I’m giving rafflecopter a whirl. It’s pretty easy, and once you’re done entering, you can add your link, and go read the rest of Tuesdays awesome blogs! What are you waiting for?
Disclosure: this is not a sponsored post. I received one My Choice Chart for review. All opinions are my own and I honestly just loved the product. The competition will be run from Tuesday 8th of November to Tuesday 22nd of November. The winner will be announced on Facebook and via the blog and will have one week to contact me for shipping of their prize.