About two years ago, I ran across this huge, crazy, red, gaudy Special Plate at our local home design store.
It was a no-brainer for me to pick it up, since I vaguely remembered reading about the wonders of the “Special Plate” somewhere during the foggy time when I had three kids, three years old and under.
- The Special Plate: We use the Special Plate for just about any reason we can find. For one day, whoever earns the Special Plate will use it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cereal bowls sit on top of it, and it’s a great resting spot for just about any meal–from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to spaghetti or steak.
Here are just some ways a person can earn the Special Plate. . .
-Waking up in dry Overnights . . . being kind to a family member or friend. . . sharing toys. . . cleaning up without having to be asked. . .
-Using super-polite manners. . . having a great report from teachers. . . helping Mom or Dad with a project. . . working hard at something. . .
-Having a great swim meet/ soccer practice/ or gymnastics class. . . showing us that they’re really trying hard to be patient, kind, helpful . . .
-Finally jumping off of the diving board. . . being brave at the doctor or dentist or after a big fall. . . helping out a neighbor. . . having a birthday. . .treating Golden and Guinea in a gentle, loving way. . .
-Getting through that first week of being potty-trained. . . a first day of school. . . being caught doing something sweet, when they thought no one was looking. . .
One of Maddy’s awesome preschool teachers shared with me that her family uses their Special Plate almost daily and then at dinnertime everyone goes around the table saying one kind thing about each person.
I love, love, love the Special Plate idea and wish I remembered to use it more, since focusing on positive behavior is oftentimes overlooked. We all seem to be more programmed to deal negative behavior after it occurs–especially with young children.