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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kid Clips for Road Trips

No, it's not a tongue twister. It's just an idea I had for our recent trip that I thought some of you might like. Just file this under "Projects to do with those scrapbook supplies since I'm so far behind on scrapbooking I'll never catch up".

I call these Kid Clips. And they worked like little charms for us.



First of all, I should explain that we operate on the "Sweets for the Sweet" Philosophy in our house. That simply means that desserts & special treats are reserved for those who are kind & sweet. My kids know that if they say something ugly or mean to their brother or sister (or to their parents), they won't be getting dessert that day, including sodas or slushies, should we pass a Sonic at Happy Hour. And trust me, they do not like unhappy Happy Hours. Yes, even my older kids have to follow this plan & it definitely works.

So, with a few stickers & scraps of paper, I made these little clips for my visor as a constant reminder of who was doing a good job in the kindness department.


The rule was simple: as long as they were doing well, the clip stayed up. But, if anyone made a bad choice & decided to be ugly or whiny, their clip came down. And if the clip came down, they would miss out on the next fun thing, whether it be a pack of gum at the next gas stop, an ice cream cone, getting to choose the next movie or having extra time on the iPad.

The amazing thing was, every clip stayed up the entire 16 hours of our trip up there. Trust me--I was impressed. The way back was just a little less blissful, but only one time did I have to remove a clip. I won't mention who that was, but she's short & her name ends in "a". She did not like seeing her clip come down, so she worked hard & got it back up there pretty quickly.








These clips worked so well for us, I think I may just keep them up there. Do you have any more road trips planned for the summer? What kinds of tips do you have for keeping the peace?


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34 comments:

  1. Love it! So creative and what a great way to use up those supplies!

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  2. Love that idea!!! Great job :)

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  3. what an awesome idea. I just might have to use this for everyday running around.

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  4. that's a cute idea! wish i had thought of this when we road-tripped it disney. :)

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  5. That is an adorable idea! And i'm right there with you on the "I'm so far behind scrapbooking, lets use the stuff for something else." LOL

    Stopping by from A Little Knick Knacks party. Hope you can swing by my little blog soon (hint, there's a giveaway ending tomorrow!). :)

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  6. This is a wonderul, sweet idea!!!! I have GOT to try this......the whining and fighting in the car drives me crazy!

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  7. What a great idea. I wonder if this would work in my house on a daily basis instead of in the car, worth a shot I think! Thanks for the idea!!

    Lauren- http://www.warmfuzzypurpleandgold.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous idea! Totally implementing this idea!

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  9. That's great! We have a trip planned and it's coming up quickly! I just may have to incorporate something like this! Awesome!

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  10. This is funny, I am right after you at the funky junk linky party and I used clothespins as well;-) cute idea your clips:-)

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  11. Once again I love your idea. Could come in handy in the classroom too! Mmm I think I should make 25 or so for my class...

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  12. Genius! Will definitely use thisvgreat tip!

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  13. Great idea! Thank you!! My kids are pretty young for this yet, but I may start soon anyway! :)

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  14. I love the idea... not just the clips, but the whole "sweets for the sweet". Thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a great idea! These clips are gorgeous!!

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  16. What an awesome idea! It's fantastic. I'm definitely sharing with all my road trip friends out there! ;)

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  17. Love it! Thanks for the great tip!

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  18. What an awesome idea!!! Thanks for passing it on :) We do books on tape. . .it seems that as long as there is a story going everyone (4 kiddos, 7 yrs - 12 yrs) seem content to leave one another alone. . .

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  19. Loved this idea! Found you on Pinterest and so glad I did! You have an adorable blog! We featured this idea on our blog today! Check it out! Thanks!

    Pam from Over the Big Moon
    http://overthebigmoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/pinterest-interests.html

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  20. What an awesome idea!

    Thanks for sharing it!

    Team Craftwell
    ecraftbycraftwell.blogspot.com

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  21. LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Am a (divorced) single mom of two little boys and have been looking for a simple behavior management tool that is also portable for when we are in the car, on road trips, at the store, etc. and THIS is perfect! I can even send these with the kids when they visit grandparents and maybe even when they are with their father.

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  22. I used this cute idea on a road trip we recently took. It worked beautifully! I also included it in my blog, about our trip. I put a link to this page in my blog. Thanks again for the great idea!

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  23. Works even better if when the clip comes off the visor, it goes on the kid's lip. Clip on a lip. (yes I am kidding, don't start calling child protective services on me)

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  24. I LOVE this idea! I am going to my closet and getting my scrapbook supplies out right this second. I have four kids and this is such a great idea for when we go on vacation. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. Love the clips and cute for occasional use but you don't want to do too much tying sugarry foods to good behavior. It really can result in growing adults that turn to food to try to get over despair, disappointment, heart break etc. Better to have the rewards be:
    we'll all take a walk
    I'll read to you from a great book
    We'll turn on the music and dance
    We'll pour bubbles in the bath tonight
    etc.

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  26. Genius idea! Great for everyday errands and long road trips! I love that the rewards can be an edible treat or other things you suggested like picking the next movie, extra ipod time, choosing the restaurant for dinner, etc.

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  27. We drive regularly almost 6 hrs to LA often! This is a great idea!!! Thanks for the post.

    http://thisfineday.com/

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  28. Love it. Can`t wait to implement this with my kids. I may even use it for everyday discipline with the idea of silly time, going to the park, and then the occasional ice cream and treats .

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