“Snack! Mommy! Snack!”
Before we headed down the stairs to the beach, we stopped at the local bakery. Valentine’s Day donuts were on the menu, as is what seemed to be the World’s Largest Apple Fritter (as you can see in my hubby’s paw).
The girls were armed with empty yogurt containers for gathering up their finds. Lucy took the task seriously.
Lila was more easily distracted. And this is so telling of both of my girls. Lucy is more focused, while Lila sees everything. “A flower for you, Mom.”
Lucy did her best to skip rocks like Daddy.
Lila helped Lucy add small pieces of green and blue glass to her collection.
The little trip was wonderful, and despite the way it looks in pictures, the air was surprisingly mild down on the beach. Because it is a tiny protected area, the winds couldn’t get at us. We beach-combed, and “skipped rocks” and nibbled at our doughnuts until it was time to head back to Grandma and Papa’s. I think that all of us felt like it was a fitting reward.
I want to continue having experience-based rewards for the girls because they’re awesome on multiple levels. They’re often cheap (or even free – one reward was going to the park!), they don’t end up cluttering our house, and most importantly, they help us to spend time together making memories.
I know that we’re still new to this Responsibility Chart thing, and the “proof is in the pudding”, as the cliche goes. Will they continue to want to make little checks on the board? Will the rewards become less alluring?
I guess we will have to see what happens!