September 3, 2009

Always be kind to others.


I have a large roll of pink tickets that sits on my kitchen counter. Each ticket has "Admit One" printed on it, which is only because the other tickets at the store where I purchased these said, "Good for One Drink" and I didn't think I should be passing out drink tickets to my five-year olds.

Michal and Kenna can earn one of these pink tickets if I catch them being kind or showing kindness in some way. They then save their tickets in a glass jar, that also sits on my counter, and redeem them for privileges after they've collected enough.

We were recently driving home from the pool when Michal announced, "Mommy, you get a kindness ticket!" After thanking her, I asked why I got a kindness ticket. She said, "Because it was so kind to take us to the pool and let us swim for a very long time and let us have grilled cheese for dinner."

I then asked what privilege she thought I would use my kindness ticket for. She thought for a moment and then said, "Typing, watching a cooking show, going to stores, and for ice cream. Of course, for ice cream."

Out of the mouth's of babes.


  1. Andrea L9:48 AM

    What a great idea! I'm going to borrow that idea for my daughter.

  2. Great idea and I love the jar! : )

  3. Anonymous4:49 PM

    What a great idea - I will put that on my list of "to dos", although it will be a few years until I put it into use:)

    Blessings, Ashley

  4. Simply darling the idea and the conversation...and I LOVE the jar!

  5. What a wonderful idea to encourage kids to focus on a value that is noticeably missing in today's hurry-up world. Seriously, I need to make a jar (or more) for myself. Thanks for the reminder, Kristi.

  6. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Love the ticket idea! Love encouraging kindness!! So much better than "allowance" or encouraging your child to be a beauty pagent contestant.



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