I started something new shortly after we arrived in Washington.
I found that I was really focusing on the negative behavior in the boys. Lots of nagging, redirecting & consequencing, which has its place, but was putting me a grumpy mood.
I had heard the idea a few times. My sister did something similar called "Caught-ya being good" and they put marbles in a fish bowl for good behavior.
For me, I have been wanting to encourage the boys to put their brothers first. So if they grab their water bottle, and also grab their brothers', they get a kindness bead. If they listen the first time or go the extra mile helping out, they get a kindness bead.
Once they fill their mini-Mason jar with beads, they will get to pick a prize. So far, they are thinking an afternoon at the local pool would be fun. I think so, too.
I am not as consistent as I would like to be, but I think I will carry it over to Alaska, and will have more consistency there. In any event, it has me looking for the good in these little guys, and has inspired them to practice kindness more.
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."