Positive reinforcement is an essential ingredient when bringing up a child. Positive reinforcement can be used to encourage good behavior and habit or influence change of behavior. When rewarding, always pick activities and items that your kids want the most. If you are wondering how you can reward your kids for good practices, here are some simple and effective tips.

Let them pick the chores

When your kids have been consistent with good behavior especially in the chores department, reward them by allowing them to pick the chores for a day. Better yet, give them a day off. This way they will always look forward to the reward.

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Eat out

To make this reward more exciting, allow your kid to pick the menu and the place (within budget of course). Have fun and make it a memorable experience they can always look forward to every time. Another way is to have them pick their favorite food and make it for them.

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The good old stickers are quite effective especially for toddlers. Give a sticker for an accomplishment or completed chore. Kids just love them and will work extra hard to get a sticker.

Reward certificates

Recognizing effort with an award certificate is an excellent way to positively reinforce good behavior. Certificates are memorable and your child will be proud of their effort. You can get a printable award certificate template and customize it to your taste.

Day out

Reward your kids with an exciting day out to the mall or the beach. Buy their favorite ice cream or candy and just have fun.

Always keep in mind that positive reinforcement is about rewarding effort and not achievements. Introduce reward charts and a token system to help you keep track. You can also introduce a negative reinforcement of deducting a point or token to discourage bad behavior. Descriptive praise and hi-5 work wonders in building self-esteem, self-worth and creating a sense of self in your children. Be their biggest cheerleader and the results will show.


By Diksha Yadav

Diksha Yadav is software developer with 4+ year experience in .NET and C#. She is senior developer and team leader in MNC and part-time blogger. She has enjoyed numerous assignments with the Company including automotive testing.

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