Okay so you’ve already read the blog about a vacation that ended abruptly…here’s another story. We were at the mall last weekend and having a great time and William was doing very well and being very patient. We decided to reward the children by taking them to the indoor play area–an area we used to take Wiggy when he was smaller. They LOVED it…running, jumping, crawling all over all the kids. It was really fun seeing both kids having a good time…then it happened. There’s a train that goes around the mall and to get attention–yep, the toot, toot the horn. Well immediately William wanted to get on the train but Melanie was in a store and Margaret was in the play area so we weren’t going to get on the train…so he melted down big time. It wasn’t as bad as at the water park but it was still bad.
What I should have done was take a baggie of little treats…raisins, marshmellows, nuts…anything that would give him a little reward. We should’ve been rewarding him while we were in the stores and he was being patient and calm and all that…but we didn’t. We figured he’d enjoy the bigger reward of the play area (and he did) but if we would’ve been rewarding him for his good behavior while he was having good behavior–it would’ve made a big difference.
Lesson learned–I’m going to carry a baggie of treats and it won’t work all the time, but to give him immediate feedback on how well he’s doing will make a difference.