difficult child's day alone

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Wiped Out, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    went better than expected. Monday and Tuesday difficult child was home with easy child/difficult child. husband and I were in meetings but didn't have kids yet. difficult child probably called about 20 times on Monday and about 30-40 times yesterday-and that was just me:wildone: He called husband about the same amount of times.

    We knew today would be difficult because not only would we be gone but easy child/difficult child started school so difficult child would be home alone. We just couldn't have him calling us. A friend of mine had the idea of offering him some money for taking care of himself and then charging money each time he called that wasn't an emergency.

    We ended up offering him $5.00 and taking off $.50 every time he called. He ended up with $3.50!!!! We called on all of our breaks. He was struggling (kept saying he was bored and lonely). The poor guy has no concept of time so being alone for 8-9 hours seems like an eternity to him. He really did well today and I'm proud of him.

    An added note, easy child/difficult child's first day at her new school went really well. She took the car for the first time by herself (wouldn't do it before) and loved it. I think this will be the right school for her-too bad we waited til she was a senior.

    One more note and then I promise to be quiet! My first day was great. The group seems really nice and there may be a couple of difficult children but today was about as good as a first day except for one kiddo with extreme anxiety due to some major issues. Basically the spec. ed teacher spent her entire day dealing with this student.

    Thanks for listening!
  2. shellyd67

    shellyd67 Active Member

    Genious idea Sharon ! Kids love to make money ! Kudos to easy child/difficult child for driving as well ! I would love some advice from you if you have the time .... Being that your a teacher ... If you find some time to read my thread that is titled " I am so upset right now" I am so frustrated and hope a teacher could put things into perspective for me.
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Kuddos to you for being brave enough to try this!!
  4. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Little nudges forward. Glad your day was good.
  5. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Glad to hear difficult child did well and the money carrot worked! It's almost always about finding the right motivation!

  6. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Great idea with the money. If I had known back then what I know now about money being an incentive, I think I would have paid Cory for being good...lol.