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A Passport to Good Behavior

A passport to good behavior!

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 this summer. 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.

Each page has a different good behavior to encourage.

Stickers reward good behavior.

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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