If you’ve ever seen a picture of our daughter, you know that she has wild hair. While she loves bath time, there is no doubt that she hates her hair routine.
For months Carlie, my wife, was asking me to create a “Bedtime Map”, which included everything from the hair routine, to brushing teeth, to putting on PJs – I never did it. First off, I am not creative, and second off (truth be told) I just never got around to it.
Thanks to seeing a post on Instagram, I found out about My Starry Chart.* In a nutshell, you put together a list of five “chores” or “routines” on the top of the chart, and before bed your kid gets a star for every routine that they completed that day. We set a weekly goal for how many stars she needs to get in a week, and if she gets enough stars, then she gets a special prize on Sundays.
My Starry Chart comes with fifty different routines that you can select from, and Haddie and I spent about 30 minutes going through them all and selecting her routines for February. She was so excited, and so proud, when we hung up the chart in her bedroom.
For February we picked: Take a shower/bath, brush your hair, brush your teeth, help your brother, and help take care of the pets.
At first I was amazed with the change in her attitude. She was a bit better with her hair. She would help out with her little brother, sometimes just bringing some yogurt drinks into his bedroom at nap time. She wanted to help feed Freddy (the fish) and Schnitzel (the dog). She was asking to brush her teeth at night. Success!
Then I realized that in addition to her attitude getting better around her chosen routines, she was also starting to learn about how the month works, and days of the week, and it helped with counting.
I have been really impressed with My Starry Chart. I spoke to the owner of the company, and if you want to purchase one you can get 15% off by using this promo code “adadable” at My Starry Chart – promo is only good until the end of February 2020.
I also really like that it is not just an app on an iPhone, but something that physically attaches to a wall and something that Haddie takes control of and actually places the stars every night. I really think it empowers her.
Oh, and it is also a Toronto based company – so you know it is made by good people.
* I was sent My Starry Chart for free to try out, but I did not guarantee a positive review – the review above was from using it for one month in the month of February.
** I do not receive any commission or financial affiliate reward for any purchases. I thought it would just be nice to share a discount with my readers.