Happy Tickets

July 21, 2009


A friend of mine recently shared a tip from Dr. Sear’s The Discipline Book that uses a ticket reward system for young children, as an alternative to a star chart. Our method differs a little from Dr. Sears’ in that we use the tickets in conjunction with 1-2-3 Magic, and Kai’s ultimate goal is to have three tickets at dinnertime, but I think it’s working. Score 1 for mom! (Or -1 for that awful run-on sentence.)


I designed these with our objective of three in mind, but if you’re interested in downloading what Kai dubbed ‘Happy Tickets’ click here for the PDF file.


  1. Comment by Stacie on July 22, 2009 8:05 am

    That is such a good idea! I’m downloading now…and sending the link to my sisters!

  2. Comment by Kiwi on July 22, 2009 8:55 am

    Great idea and great design! We’ll have to try it with Alina.

  3. Comment by Dana A on July 22, 2009 11:10 am

    Cute idea! Kids love reward systems. But I would give you more then 1 point for how cute your “Happy Tickets” are.

  4. Comment by susan on July 22, 2009 1:26 pm

    We could really use some ‘Happy Tickets’ around here…

  5. Comment by Becky on July 23, 2009 1:01 pm


    Can you make me some “unhappy tickets.” I’d like to pass some of those out today…

  6. Comment by Amy @ Living Locurto on July 23, 2009 9:04 pm

    Cutey Cute!!! Are they working? I have a chart, but have totally blown it off this summer. I’ll have to try the happy tickets until school when I get back the old chore chart/money system. I’ll be sure to link to this one too.

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  8. Comment by bonnie on July 26, 2009 11:35 am

    Thank you soooo much these are really lovely….I will definately use these with my girls :) Bonnie x

  9. Comment by Rachel on July 27, 2009 10:46 am

    These are so pretty! I wonder if they’d work on husbands… I’ll be linking to this if you don’t mind. Printables are my favorite!

  10. Comment by mer on August 1, 2009 11:20 am

    so darling. will definitely use these!

  11. Comment by by JOS on August 13, 2009 12:08 am

    i love this! i have to re post this over at simple blueprint! hope that is ok…. such a great idea and the design is super cute!

  12. Trackback by simple blueprint on August 13, 2009 7:03 am

    free download – happy ticket! …

    This morning when I opened my mail I had received a comment on one of my posts from Jenn over at Ambrosia Girl. I am so happy she commented since this allowed me to find her very cute and personal blog! I love comments! While I was over at her blog loo…

  13. Comment by Shelley on August 14, 2009 9:58 pm

    Thanks so much for this idea – I love Dr Sears and I have his books – but it was a great reminder to see your download

  14. Comment by Laila on September 2, 2009 2:05 pm

    This is great but what sort of things do you give as treats and what shouldn’t you give – any ideas or pointers!

  15. Comment by mandylifeboats on September 14, 2009 7:26 pm

    i been leaving these coupons anonymously on people’s desks at work (the people i like). they are on their best behavior thinking someone is watching them. lol

  16. Comment by Laura on September 28, 2009 2:06 pm

    I love these!!! I have a strong willed wonderful 3 year old daughter that I think these will work great with! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Comment by Erin Bassett on October 4, 2009 5:29 am

    Love these…will be adding a link on my blog shortly to your post. :D

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  18. Comment by Tami on October 4, 2009 12:59 pm

    The are great – we have been using carnival tickets, but this design is so fab & I love the “happy” angle. The only thing that would make it better is more color & number options – I would totally pay for a customizable template. :)

  19. Comment by Amanda on October 4, 2009 5:13 pm

    I just printed mine off… THANK YOU!!! You are such a sweety!! I love these and hope to be able to use them with success!


  20. Comment by Tami on October 8, 2009 10:00 am

    Just wanted to let you know I blogged about your super fun tickets today :)


  21. Comment by crafty on October 12, 2009 1:53 pm

    These are just awesome! thanks for the download!

  22. Comment by Aubrei on October 15, 2009 9:08 pm

    canNOT believe i am just now reading this post, but i must say…you are the coolest mom EVER!

  23. Comment by Stephi D. on October 20, 2009 11:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the download! Cute tickets!

  24. Comment by Ellen on November 2, 2009 9:22 am

    Thanks for cute ticket download! I found you thru Stacy Julian’s blog, btw.

  25. Comment by Anna on February 12, 2010 8:22 am

    to think I can actually print them off too!!!! Life just couldnt get any better! Well it could…. if I had a little one to give them to! Working on it tho’ !

  26. Comment by Margie K on February 12, 2010 2:58 pm

    Jenn is one of the most talented people I know. She designed my gorgeous wedding invites!

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  28. Comment by Kristin on March 3, 2010 4:24 pm

    These are awesome! I linked to this on my blog and was wondering if you minded me posting a small image from your post to go along with (linked to your site).

  29. Comment by EvaBabeDesigns on March 19, 2010 1:30 pm

    Jenn, my sister and all her friends love these! Now her kids are the most helpful kids on the block and they sit down and politely eat their dinner too! She rewards them with pennies in exchange for the tickets…a small price to pay for such wonderful behavior! Thanks again!

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  31. Comment by sy on May 28, 2010 10:15 am

    thank you, Love this design!

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  33. Comment by Laura on August 8, 2010 5:09 am

    These are great – thanks for sharing, I am going to have these at my shop and give them out to children to encourage them to behave while their parents are browsing – wonder if it will work !

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  35. Comment by Laura Achilles on August 21, 2010 8:14 am

    These are super cute! TFS!!!

  36. Comment by Alexandra on August 21, 2010 10:46 am

    Thanks for sharing :o)

  37. Comment by DIANE on October 26, 2010 12:46 am

    these are great -I;m home schooling a “strong-willed” 5 year old granddaughter and our reward tokens needed a new look – these will work wonderfully – thank you ever so much.

  38. Comment by Susan on January 3, 2011 2:04 pm

    Thank you for the happy tickets.. Do you think they’ll work on a 14 year old? I guess if she can trade them in for cash, we might have a winner! Thanks again!



  39. Comment by Vanessa on February 15, 2011 8:58 pm

    Totally brilliant idea!! I wonder when is too young to start using these. Only one way to find out I guess!

  40. Comment by Margaret on March 7, 2011 6:11 am

    Thanks! Just what my kids and I were looking for!!!!

  41. Comment by Running With Glitter on May 31, 2011 9:26 pm

    Hi! I had asked you a few months ago about sharing these on my blog! They turned out to be a hit in our house! Thank you again!!!! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/05/happy-tickets.html

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  43. Comment by Jacqueline Nussbaum on August 13, 2011 2:12 pm

    Love the download!!!!! Using it with my 5 year old. i hope you don’t mind that I linked your page up on my blog. here it is if you want to check it out!

  44. Comment by SeeJaneTeach on August 18, 2011 8:46 pm

    I adore the look of these tickets! I use 1-2-3 Magic as well (in a classroom setting) and love it. I was wondering, at what point in the system do you give your child their tickets? Is it a reward for staying off three for a certain length of time, for not being counted at all, or am I completely missing the mark? lol

  45. Comment by Doria Hallie on March 17, 2012 11:00 am

    If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information?

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  47. Comment by Elizabeth on August 26, 2012 6:04 pm

    This is sooo cute!
    I’m past having young children in the house, but I’ve downloaded them for all the young ladies at work who are raising their families. :)
    Thank you so much for the share!
    I just know they will love them!

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  49. Comment by Julie Rad. on September 14, 2012 2:32 pm

    Funny I actually found your idea on Pinterest ;-) Just what I was looking for, thanks! Hope your’e all doing good on the “other” side of the country ;-)

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  51. Comment by teresa on June 14, 2013 7:54 pm

    Happy Tickets are awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    I’m using them for my grandchildren at Cousin Camp.
    Happy day

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