Michael has been struggling with a few things lately, and I was having trouble trying to get through to him. He loves to start something, but doesn't like to finish. He also has been having an Independence vs Dependence issue, and one day will be fine doing things on his own (getting dressed, making his bed, going through the entire potty process, etc), and other days will want me to do it all. They were turning in to long, drawn-out dramas that I thought were WAY overdone for what they were. So I got the suggestion from my friend Mallory, preschool teacher extraordinaire, who suggested using responsibility charts with stickers to get Michael excited about doing things on his own. So I went to work and put together some basic things for him to complete each day (things he usually does anyways), and he has taken to the system quite well.
Michael gets quite excited about completing a task now so he can put a sticker on his chart. He also gets an additional sticker to put on the outside of the chart when he is extra kind or sweet to his sister. Lately, they have been having some difficulty with treating each other with kindness and respect, so he seems to be doing better being kind and sweet to her when there is tangible incentive.
We have a separate potty chart because Michael likes to leave out some integral steps when he goes potty (ie putting his underwear/pants BACK on, or washing hands, etc). So every time he goes through ALL the steps all by himself, he gets to put a sticker on his potty chart.