So we had a little set back in the homework our counselor gave us due to Miss Allison getting quite ill. Okay, that's kind of a lie. We didn't dot he homework because we didn't do the homework. Allison really was sick this week, but it still should not have prevented us from getting the homework done. We will get on that.
What I DID do, though, since Ethan is a visual learner, was create a list of rules in a nontraditional way. So what I did was I took a poster board and wrote a message about being nice that I read somewhere and it always stuck with me. Underneath that, I wrote 4 qualities that I felt were important, followed by another uplifting message under that. Now my PLAN was to gather my wee ones, have them sit around me, we would discuss the key quality, then make a plan as to how we were going to execute it both in our home and out in the world. Once we had some thoughts, I'd jot them down and move to the next one until we were all in agreement. This is how it looks:
I ended my attempt at regaining control of my household with a "I know stuff like this isn't necessarily fun and you might not enjoy participating, but the fact is, you WILL participate or there will be consequences and I fear the consequences of not participating might make you very sad."
We'll see. For now, I have this GORGEOUS poster on my living room wall.