Sometimes, when I am talking to my children, I feel like I would get better results if I were beating my head against a wall. Ever have days like that? Then, suddenly, the patience breaks and I am suddenly the Discipline Tyrant.
Apparently, I need a visual as much as my children do, but I needed a simple system.
How to Use the Virtue Meter for Discipline
My children (and I) need a color coded chart for quick and easy reference. So, what is more universal that the green, yellow, red system? After creating this easy printable, I laminated the discipline chart and put it on the side of the refrigerator. I also grabbed a few clothespins and wrote each child’s first initial on the pin.
When the children are doing well, everyone is on green. If someone has a discipline problem, they must move their pin to yellow and they lose a privilege. If we catch them being good, they can move themselves back to green. However, another discipline problem lands them on red and more privileges are lost or another appropriate action is taken depending on the situation.
Using with We Choose Virtues Virtue Cards
We put another layer in our discipline system by giving it a weekly focus on a virtue by using the We Choose Virtues Virtue Cards.
Every week or so, rotating when we have it mastered, we pick a virtue on which to focus our attention. We start the week by reading the card, discuss the opposites of the virtue, and read the corresponding Scripture. Then, we place the card on the refrigerator next to the Virtue Meter.
If the children break the virtue, they move their pin. If we see they exhibiting the virtue, they can move back.
This has become a simple way for us to turn discipline into disciple-ing.
Where to buy We Choose Virtues
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