I made three bunnies with different facial expressions and printed them on different colored paper. The Bad Bunny has a sad face and is printed on red paper while the Good Bunny has a smile and is on green paper. I introduced a Warning Bunny with an unsure facial expression on yellow paper, and then I laminated all of them. Each child has their own clothespin with their name on it. With the fluctuating behavior, Dutch moves his own clothespin to the corresponding bunny poster. It's important for him to learn that he plays the most active role in his behavior and that his choices have consequences, so when he is good he can move his clothes pin to the green. While enhancing autonomy and independence, these posters have also helped him to identify the symbolism related to color (red = bad and stop; green = good and go).
I highly recommend purchasing the No Bunny's Perfect book and today I'm giving away a FREE download for our bunny posters. (download here)
Our main concern with disciplining in our home is addressing the heart of the child. Behavior is simply a reflection of what is going on in the heart so it is imperative for us to address the heart first with biblical principals. "Behavior is simply what alerts you to your child's need for correction. Don't allow the desire of changed behavior to replace your desire for a changed heart...Teaching children only to change their outward behavior is no more commendable than teaching a seal to jump through a hoop...When we focus on our children's outside behavior and neglect what is inside, we will cause out children to become manipulators." In order to address the heart, communication is necessary and this bunny system has facilitated us in communicating matters of the heart and changing the heart for improved behavior at a level my 2 year old can understand. We've been using this book for support in this area. We highly recommend Don't Make Me Count to Three.
With the combination of biblical principals and the Bunny System we've been working really hard with our preschooler on having great manners and behaving well at home and in public.
What tools are you using that you could offer for help?