So… here I am, sat writing my first EVER blog. I thought I would start at the beginning - because where else I would start right?!
So Hello! I am Amie. Founder, designer, creator and face behind Little Humbug Reward Systems. I have two little humbugs of my own- Ella, nearly five (going on 15), lover of books, colouring, being outside, and signing the wrong words to songs at the top of her voice. And Phoebe, 18 months, lover of destroying mega block towers that Ella has built, running round the garden constantly, and being a general dare devil!
I painted and built my first ever reward system when Ella was potty training, just ahead of her third birthday. We had a real struggle because Ella her severe speech delay and wasn’t saying ANYTHING! Her understanding was brilliant, but she couldn’t physically tell us when she needed to, you know, ’go’.
Once we had got over the first hurdle of communication, we then needed a reward and as much as I love stickers, finding them stuck all over the house had become a bit tiring already. So the reward jar was born!
Ella picked a colour and I personalised it with her name and pretty ribbon. She was so proud of it! We popped one of those sticky hooks - you know the ones - on the wall next to the toilet, and we were good to go.
Ella loved posting stars into the jar and was even more excited when I wrote WEE or POO on the tokens with a dry wipe marker. I mean, why wouldn’t she be?!
Once potty training was a thing of the past, the jar became a focus for good behaviour rewards. We are still using it two years on in this way. The rewards change, and the family of systems grew but I will talk to you about that in the next blog! …