This, my friends, is a sticker chart. It's the parental bribe to get a preschool child to do what you would like him to do. In this case, we are speaking of the child pictured here. Said child's sleeping habits have progressively deteriorated to the point where his father and I now will do just about anything to get him to go to sleep by himself, to sleep through the night and to stay in bed after 4 a.m. (All things he did before 3 weeks ago.) And to allow his sister to sleep until her regular wake-up time, which means not screaming and yelling when asked to return to bed because it's ridiculously early.
There is the opportunity to 'earn' 19 Matchbox cars. This, however, will take 138 days. Which is roughly 20 weeks. The first car comes after 2 days of good sleep behavior. The second car after three days, and so on, until we culminate at 9 days between car rewards.
Said child actually hates stickers. He is the only child I know who gets angry when he is offered stickers. (ex. A: At the doctor's office..."Why do they always give me stickers!?") So it was an easy thing to buy the requested Finding Nemo stickers. He does, however, ADORE cars.
We start tonight. Wish us luck.
ETA: As luck would have it, 4yo's first night to earn stickers toward cars was thwarted by sick younger sister last night. He did get two out of three of the requirements, though, and so was awarded a sticker. Can't blame him for being awoken by screaming, sick little sis.