My son has needed a new bicycle for some time. I thought this might be a good opportunity for him to earn something really big by setting a long-term goal--that of practicing the violin 100 times. Each time he practiced, he got a sticker on his foot chart to keep track.
I wish I could say that we both had a great time, and that it only took 100 days to get 100 stickers. It took about twice as long--we started in December, and finished just before August. In fact, when Jeff had his 97th practice session, he was crying and begging to quit the violin forever--with only three stickers to go!
Fortunately, we made it. (A good night's sleep makes a world of difference in a child's attitude. And a parent's, too.) With the help of my biking-expert brothers, we picked out a bike, which should be arriving any day. And just now, Jeff started making plans for his second 100 stickers!