Monkey, Monkey! - FamilyEducation

Monkey, Monkey!

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book

Here's a simple way to reinforce and reward your toddler's cooperation and kindness.

Too often parents focus on the bad things children do, while letting the good slip by without comment. This is a simple way to reinforce and reward cooperation and kindness.

  • Plastic linking monkeys


  1. Hang a plastic monkey on the wall in a place where you can add more monkeys to make a chain.
  2. When you catch your child being especially kind and cooperative (that is, playing quietly with siblings, helping out without being asked, picking up toys without being reminded, and so on), reward her with a monkey to add to the chain.
  3. When the last monkey is hung, treat the whole family to an ice-cream sundae, video rental, or special afternoon of games.