We also had fun producing a special place for them to store their cards, I have hung these and the points information in the kitchen on their art wire.
It is by no means a magic button, but it has made me and MadDad more aware that we need to praise the good, in addition to punishing the bad.
We also operate a final warning system of Yellow and Red cards, which appeal to the MaxiMad as he has just started Football Tots. If they do something that we don't approve of they get a yellow card or final warning and then if they repeat it then it is timeout (4 mins). There is also a list of things that are immediate timeouts ie hitting and spitting.
We both make an effort to explain the consequences of their actions, so that they are aware that things happen because of them too.
However, one thing we are really struggling on is bedtime, both boys went to bed and sleep no bother until I was hospitalised, now every evening is a nightmare. We do our routine of bath, PJ's story and snuggle, but they keep getting up and being deliberately naughty - HELP
We may not have it all together
But together we have it all
The boys loved all the animals, especially the sheep and were lucky enough to charm one of the breeders to let them have a stoke of her Jacobs Lamb.
They were less interested in the cattle, but then they only need visit Grandad to see a working dairy farm, so I guess it wasn't as exciting for them.
I have to say it was this pigeon that I really found interesting, the poor thing looks as though it is wearing a fur collar!
Village and town shows are really popular in the North East of England and part of the agricultural lifestyle and it is something that the boys really enjoy. They love looking at the vintage farm machinery, the prize vegetables and all the school exhibitions. It is unusual for us to visit one with out the inlaws, who are part of the farming community, but it made a nice change for the boys to visit with other children their age and anyway their Grandad is currently very busy making hay while the sun shines as the saying goes.