Encouraging our kids can sometimes be a challenge. With our daughter’s special needs, she is often sensitive particularly during the homeschool day when learning new materials. How can I encourage her to stay focused and on task and discourage whining and complaints? I was excited to try a solution to encourage positive behavior!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my Bear on the Chair review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family.
Bear on the Chair® is a child’s year-round good behavior buddy which helps parents reinforce positive behaviors in their children. Bear on the Chair was invented with the help of their daughter who was 6 years old at the time. She played a major part in the look and feel, which I think is amazing because who knows what children like better than a child, right?
Bear on the Chair is a tool for positive parenting techniques designed to motivate children to clearly express their current feelings and adults can use it as a guide to teach children right and wrong behaviors. It includes the teddy bear, a chair, a booklet to explain the Bear on the Chair story, and the happy and sad patches that attach to the bear’s shirt with velcro. For our review we received a Bear on the Chair.
Our 7 year old daughter officially adopted the Bear on the Chair and named him Fuzzy. He has been watching over him to help encourage her through the homeschool day, and I’ve found he even encourages all three kids to get along overall throughout the day! Everybody keeps an eye on Fuzzy to see if he’s happy or sad! Fuzzy is definitely sad when they’re not getting along, so they’ve been working harder to get along so Fuzzy is happy!
It is recommended to keep the Bear on the Chair in a specified place and discreetly change the happy and sad face as needed based on how they are behaving or how they are progressing toward a goal. Because we have been using Fuzzy to encourage her during the homeschool day, he does change position based on which room she’s in because we kind of do our work all over the house! This routine has worked well, though!
Fuzzy has encouraged Aurora to go into new lessons without whining and complaining. She is also saying “I can’t do it” less and less and more trying. With more trying there is obviously more succeeding! Simply stating you can’t learn without mistakes wasn’t encouragement enough, but I am so glad to have found a tool she can really connect with to encourage her to not just stay on task but to tackle new materials knowing it is better to try and not get it right the first time than to simply state “I can’t do it.” This is HUGE for her!
I am absolutely thrilled with the aspect of positive reinforcement Bear on the Chair has brought into our home and homeschool. I can see how it would be a great tool not just in homeschool but in every day encouragement for children. Having special needs children, I know sometimes they need extra encouragement for day to day things like brushing teeth, washing hands, changing clothes, etc., and Bear on the Chair would be perfect for that encouragement as well! Plus, like I mentioned, he has changed the behavior of all three of our children as well! It’s a fun and unique idea that when put to practice really works!
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