Here were a few "jar ideas" from my readers :
What I learned Today Jar – Have your kids write down one thing that they learned today. Maybe it was how to spell a word, what makes a seed grown into a plant or how to make a friend smile when they are feeling bad. Over a several month period have your child dump out their jar, read their words and validate their progress.
The Helping Jar – This jar includes simple tasks that a child could perform to help someone else. Included were things like reading to a younger sibling, setting the table, send a note to grandma and cleaning up after the dog. Kids who choose a chore are verbally recognized at the end of dinner once a month.
My Learning Bucket Jar – In this jar kids place slips of paper with things listed that they would like to learn. Learning to ride a bike, skate, learn a few words of another language and how to make pizza were also included as something their kids would like to learn. When a child declared that they were bored, they were referred to their Learning Bucket Jar and encouraged to take on a new challenge instead of whining about being bored.
The Hugging Jar – Sometimes we all just need a word or two to help us along the way. In this jar parents, grandparents and child care providers had included thoughts like, "I believe in you, You are important to me, You are most capable and I love your smile. Each jar was personalized for a child and the words were meant to be true and sincere.
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. It's tough to be a good parent, and every little bit of help….helps!