Originally Posted by mnj77
I had good success with using tickets for tv shows at that age. She got three tickets per day. There was no losing tickets for bad behavior or anything. When she asked for a show, I said "Do you have a ticket?" She had to get the ticket (in a little plastic thing taped to the wall) and hand it in. This totally eliminated tantrums over "no more tv." After a while we stopped doing it. If she started fussing over "no more tv" again, I would ask if she thought we should go back to the ticket system. We never had to go back.
Thank you so much for that.
We're on day TWO of trying tickets.
It's funny that she's enthused about them so far...as she obviously hasn't quite realised they are a LIMITING thing.
Day one: She spent all her tickets straight after breakfast. We just told her the tickets were gone for the rest of the day...and she was fine with that.
Day two: This morning she chose to spend two tickets, and save two for later - which is cool.
We'll see how it all goes, thanks!
Now we just have to figure out something we can do about food. She demands/eats too many sweet foods (e.g. dates, figs, grapes, strawberries) Mostly fruit...but obviously I don't want her having too much of it as it gives her a squitty tummy.
I thought maybe I should make a 'snack box' each morning and put it somewhere she can access. But I haven't bothered yet as:
a) I know she'll just demand something that's not in it, or everything that's not in it.
b) I fear she is snacking too much generally and not eating proper meals.