Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Celebrating Accomplishments


When my kids do something special, we celebrate by standing on our chairs at dinner time and clapping. I got this idea from another friend at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) some years ago. Our kids love it! Who knew that seeing mom and dad (and siblings) stand up on their chairs and clap, would be exciting? It is wonderful. It is free. And, my kids feel very special when we celebrate this way. Sometimes the kids bring up a special accomplishment and want to give a standing ovation. We do it. This has not gotten over used and it brings lots of smiles to all of our faces. (By the way, I plan to continue this for a long time. The friend that introduced this to me had preschoolers but she also had a middle schooler and a high schooler. They all enjoyed it!)

9 comments:

Beth E. said...

What a great idea! Our "baby boy" wouldn't be able to participate in that ritual, though. He's 17 yrs., 6' 5", 250 lbs. If he stood on a chair, his head would go right through our ceiling! lol

Redneck Diva said...

This is awesome! Our kids' school does Great Expectations which celebrates all accomplishments. I try to celebrate as much as I can here at home, but I had never thought of on-top-of-chair standing ovations!! Thanks!

Kimberly said...

really love this idea but i'm afraid one of us would fall off and end up needing to have surgery to repair some torn ligament or something!

Lorie said...

That is the best idea! I love it! We have a special plate that you get to eat dinner on when you have a special day, but I love the standing on the chair and clapping idea! My kids would LOVE IT!

RLR said...

Oh, this is great! My kids would love an excuse to stand in the chairs without getting into trouble! And, as it turns out, we will be celebrating a special accomplishment tonight - I think we'll give it a whirl!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I love this! I'd do crazy things like that with a classroom full of sixth graders, but hadn't thought to do it with my family. I hope we don't break our chairs!

Thanks for stopping by Finer Things today!

Elaine said...

I love this, I love Mops ideas, and I just love your blog...

pam at beyondjustmom said...

What a simple way to celebrate--I love it! thanks for visiting my site today.

Suz said...

Great idea!! Gives them the attention they deserve without any expense. So much of the time kids are rewarded with special food, money or a gift. Thanks