My husband and I are constantly searching for new reward methods for kids rather than just punishment methods. We believe that discipline doesn’t always mean punishment. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and a place for everything. However, sometimes all kids need is a little bit of an incentive to do what it is that they are supposed to do. Life in balance.
Reward Methods For Kids Work
When you think about it, we all desire reward methods in one way or another. For some, this is the knowledge and recognition of a job well done. For others, it’s the results that come after the task has been finished, this could include receiving a paycheck. As of right now my husband and I do not give our children an allowance, this will change as they grow older. We desire to give them an allowance as a way to teach them about money early on in life.
While Kids Are Young
While our kids are young teaching them about money is not the best policy in our house. We do talk to them about it, we want them to know that life is not free. However, we also desire that they learn the importance of a job well done. It’s important for kids to know how to accomplish a task properly and do things on their own. Our job as parents or teachers is not to do everything for them but rather give them the foundation to excel in doing things on their own.
Play Is Important
Life should be fun and kids desire to play so buy all means let them play. Play is a great component to learning and is often times overlooked. I’ve overlooked it many times. Yet watching kids play with the understanding that it’s important can change almost everything you view in life and perhaps will even encourage you as an adult to play.
My husband had this brilliant idea of using bubble wrap as one of our many reward methods. It’s great for those days when the kids can’t go outside and play. There’s a video above that shows my children having a blast popping the bubbles of the bubble wrap. For this particular time they needed to clean their room. That’s a task that is fairly common in our household. They typically only clean their rooms once a week but I’ve come to the season in life where I want them to clean it to mommy’s standard of clean. This takes a lot of concentration on their half and causes frustration but once again, that is to be expected of a young child and cleaning their rooms all on their own is not too great a task. So once their rooms had been cleaned and inspected it was time to jump and play. Something they could not wait to do!
Other Ways Bubble Wrap Can Be A Reward
Do you homeschool? If so you may notice that one of your kids just doesn’t like to get his or her work accomplished. You know that they are capable but it can take all day to see even five math questions answered. If that sound familiar let them know that for every five math questions answered correctly they can pop bubble wrap for five minutes. Of course, you could also use a timer and tell them that for every 10-15 questions answered they can pop the bubble wrap until the timer goes off. This will encourage children to do their work and give them that outlet of energy that they may be searching for.