My kids had a case of (what the Berenstain Bears call) the "green-eyed gimmies". After months of me deliberately changing our focus...really focusing on family rather than STUFF, including family-only birthdays, this week we had two breakthroughs!!!
1) On Friday when GDad came through town it took a full hour (believe me, that's saying something!) before they asked if he had brought them anything...and when he hadn't there was no fussing!
2) On Saturday after Bet spilled yet another drink...and JB groaned in aggravation...I had an idea to have a "Family Drink Contest". (As I've mentioned before...kids LOVE to get involved with anything that has props and fancy names!)
I suggested teams (Jay & JB, Bet & me) and whichever team went without spilling a drink for 7 days (not consecutive) would win. We drew up goal charts and the aggravation of drink-spilling has turned into a fun game...It was REALLY fun on Sunday when JB spilled at lunch!!! :)
Anyway...I digress...as I announced the game I said, "What should the winner get to do?!" Betsy exclaims, "I know! Go on a flashlight walk together!" I couldn't believe it! AND she said it with the same excitement of "get a toy"...or..."get candy". LOVE a breakthrough!