Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Motivational Signs

As I was vacuuming yesterday morning (in heels and pearls, of course), I was pondering (as I am often wont to do) the many ways I motivate and reinforce positive behavior in my children. It was a beautiful morning--birds chirping, rain softly falling, children cheerfully getting ready for school--and it had absolutely nothing to do with the boogies I found stuck to the back of the couch. Nope, nothing at all.

So I got to thinking about the big trend right now in home decorating to use vinyl lettering to post quotes on the wall. My friend, in her sheer brilliance, has posted above the exit door to the garage the words, "Return with honor". When coming into the house from the garage, her family sees the words, "You made it!" My sister has "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it!" by the door to her garage. I'm thinking I should start my own vinyl lettering company to fill the rest of that snarky void. Examples might include:

Procrastination on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Remember who you are and what you stand for--and don't just stand there, put your backpack away!

Knowing and Doing are two different things.

You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit.

(For every room, wall and article of furniture) This is a No Booger zone!

Look Up, Rise Up, Step Up, Lift Up (Okay, that's a real one that I actually do want--sorry to throw you off)

Not until you finish your homework.

I didn't ASK if you wanted to.

Too bad, so sad--your dad

Love ya, see ya, bye!

(For above the piano) Practice what Mrs. Fair asked you to practice.

Try again.

I can't hear you when you're whining.

Stop calling the elephants.

Sit down. All the way.

(For the laundry room) Darks, Mediums, Whites. Why is that so hard?

No. (My husband actually has a shirt that just says this. It's the perfect Dad shirt.)

Just think...No more nagging, and my home decorating dilemmas will be completely solved! It's a win-win for everyone. Now I just need to find myself a Cricut...


  1. Thank you for the laughs, Cheryl. I needed it...and um, I need some of those quotes, too. LOL.

  2. Thanks for the morning giggle! I would like to have some of those quotes also. I do have scriptures posted around the house, like Nephi 3:7 and some others I don't remember the reference for, but appropriate for the area (like watching your tongue, posted in the hallway). But, as you probably know, I'm not a great decorator and these are merely printed in colorful font on plain paper and sticky tacted to the wall.....!

  3. "Stop calling the elephants."

    That get my infinite vote.

  4. I get all of them except the elephants one . . . I need a translation. :) I could add a few to that list, but its a great start!

  5. I LOVE IT! Might steal one of these ;)

  6. Hysterical ........ I have flash cards ..... I give them out like in Soccer ...... 2 yellows in one day equals a red :)