Anyway, we started Project Monkey (which is now what I'm calling Keeghan's new behavior modification plan lol) on Wednesday night. When he got home from school he was in the middle of a massive temper tantrum so he went to his bed for awhile. Once he got over it he came out and we talked about all the rules (which he so already knows) and then I showed him the "prize closet". He was actually really excited about it and asked when he could pick his first prize.
He was really filthy from school so I told him he could earn his first prize by going into the bathroom and getting undressed for a bath. And he did! He took a bath, let me wash his hair, got out and into his jammies without one complaint. That's a huge improvement over the last couple months! Then he got to choose a prize from the closet. He's no fool, he immediately picked his iPod.
At dinnertime, I reminded him that he needed to eat his dinner all gone and stay seated. And he did! After dinner he got to choose another prize!
My clean boy eating all his steak and corn
Choosing a prize after dinner
He picked a green monkey!
At bedtime he went to the bathroom, we tucked him in gave hugs and kisses and reminded him to stay in bed... no getting up... not one time! We did not see him again until Thursday morning when he got up and got dressed the first time I asked, all the way down to his shoes. That was two more prizes! He chose his rocket and another monkey.
At lunch on Thursday, he faltered. He decided he didn't want what Kennedy and I were eating. He wouldn't even try it. So, no prize for lunch. But he didn't throw a fit about it, which was a pleasant surprise for me! Thursday night he went to my mom's because Frank was on 24 hour guard duty and I had to leave early Friday morning for the conference. Friday, Keeghan did not have a good day at school. My mom decided to take his iPod away and he still hasn't earned that back. He stayed with her until last night and we had a rough night readjusting and getting back into routine. We're starting fresh today, but I think that this plan is going to work! As with anything, consistency is key.