Monday, October 29, 2007

Tears, Redemption and Re-training

Last weekend we went to the 2nd birthday party of the daughter of one of our friends. The boys had a fun time putting stickers on mini pumpkins, assembling the Pooh alphabet puzzle and generally ignoring the other party attendees. We get to the fun part where we sing happy birthday and eat cupcakes, etc. As we were leaving a little while later, Caleb teared up and said "we didn't have any ice cream". I hadn't even noticed, but apparently that's why Caleb went! :)

Well, the good news is that Philip had already been planning to take Caleb out for ice cream that afternoon as a reward for his good behavior that week. We had been having an issue with a chronic behavior problem with Caleb, so decided to attack with positive re-enforcement, instead of negative (which wasn't working!). The deal was if he made it through 7 days without an episode, a trip for ice cream with daddy would be a reward. Apparently it was motivating! I think we've now had almost 2 weeks without incident at this point. Yeay!

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