What’s better than a hot bubble bath, quiet house, giant mug of hot chocolate and a worn-out paperback in your hands? Kids listening and actually doing what you want them to do. And how does that happen?
Bribes Rewards. Work hard, play hard is a good motto to live by. So, I reward. When it appears a tornado has blown through the house, wreaking havoc and chaos, I think of how I can bribe my family to get what I want and start picking up the mess.
When my seven-year old declares her dislike for reading or voices her desire to get her back-handspring in gymnastics, I think of how I can bribe/reward her. And just like magic, it works. We simply write the goal, post it up in the kitchen and figure out the reward. That’s when I go to my bag of tricks and pull out the reward that best applies. And then we get to work. Life is all about working for something. If my kids want something, they need to work for it. And with the reward system we have in place, I don’t hear too many complaints.
Today is your lucky day! I am going to share my “bag of bribes” with you that are sure to win over your seven-year old and help you get what you want and help them get what they want. It’s a win, win all around!
Hand in the Money Jar 1 of 7This one is a big hit at our house and one we use sparingly. The kids are allowed to stick one hand in the money jar and pull out as much money as they can grasp. Whatever they pull out, they keep. My son was lucky this week and got mostly quarters. He pulled out $8 in change.
Time With Friends 2 of 7Seven-year olds love to spend time with friends and have "late-overs" with friends. Use it to your advantage and theirs!
Treasure Chest 3 of 7Stock a treasure chest with surprise treats and toys and have it on hand when you need a reward.
The Special Plate 4 of 7This one is for special occasions such as doing well on a test at school or accomplishing a big goal. They get to eat on the special plate while everyone else sticks to the norm. Find special plates here.
A Trip to the Dollar Store 5 of 7The Dollar Store is the greatest place (if you don't care about cheap, breakable toys) and kids don't. A trip there is a fun experience for them.
Movie Night 6 of 7Have your kids work extra hard for the week and earn a movie night complete with popcorn, treats, forts and snuggles.
Date with Mom or Dad 7 of 7This is almost always the first reward my kids choose. Time=Love to most kids and this one allows them to have our undivided attention.
Do you reward your kids for a job well done? What rewards do you use?
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