Shamu your kid!

I’ve got a post over on my Ethiopia Adoption Blog–Child-Training, The Shamu Way.  Let me know what you think!

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  1. I think I saw her on the morning show. Besides being a little silly I bet it works. Everyone likes to be appriciated for doing things right!

    I need to put it into action right now, maybe starting with table manners. If 6yr old eats standing next to the chair, while not touching anyone else, and looking like she "might" sit down I'll praise her. Who knows where it might go from there!

  2. This is definately something that I am going to start implementing. We really need to work on childrens attitudes here, so I will try to "catch" them doing something right and praise them for it. Thanks for sharing the article.

  3. What a great way to set the priorities right?!!? Thanks for sharing!

  4. A therapist once told me about this rewards method. It is very effective, but it requires me to get off the computer every once in a while. 🙂

  5. I've done something similar and it really works. At the end of the day during night time prayers when we talk about what we're thankful for about the day, I mention as many things that I saw that day that I was happy to see. Taking care of a younger sister, picking up toys, obeying fast with a smile, sharing, whatever it was that I noticed, and wouldn't you know it the next day my fouryearold makes a point of doing all of those things, and pointing it out to me if I failed to notice and comment on them. It's the sweetest thing.

  6. My father-in-law is a professional in the behavior modification field, and teaches the "shamu" method. What he has learned though years of working with deaf children is that punishment rarely does anything except make the child angrier, while rewarding the good behavior increases that behavior dramatically!

    The only catch is that you have to be VERY consistant in rewarding the behavior.