A passport to good behavior

Are you going on a family vacation this summer? Sometimes the thought of traveling with small children can scare the starch out of you, but a little advanced planning can really help everyone have more fun.

So here’s a trick I tried that really worked when my family went to Alaska. I made a pretend passport for each of my children out of old scrapbook paper. Every single page of the passport had a different good behavior or attribute I wanted to encourage:

  • Kind
  • Appreciative
  • Encouraging
  • Begins in a friendly way
  • Thinks about the other person’s point of view
  • Calls people by name
  • Gets dressed by yourself
  • Chews with your mouth closed
  • Puts napkin in your lap
  • Plays with your brother/sister nicely

My goal was to “catch my kids being good” as much as possible and reward them with a sticker in their book. Then, if they had ten new stickers by the end of the day, I let them watch a bit of television before bed or play with the Kindle Fire.

The passports were small enough to keep in my purse or pocket. I also brought them with us to dinner every night.

The only real drawback to this system was that I kept getting ladybug stickers all over me and discovering them at inopportune times.

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