How to Reward Your Child

Do rewards help you in improving your child’s general behavior? What do you usually do to correct their actions?

Rewarding our children has predominantly been one of the common and effective methods to correct or align their behavior. Many parents have been doing this; however, there are times when the extent of rewards seems to be a “bribe” instead. No, you do not go to jail for bribing your children, but you must bear the potential repercussions.

Using rewards constructively can help parents navigate the continuous challenges of disciplining and managing their children.

How to Reward Your Child for Good Behavior

Target specific actions. Limiting the scope of rewards can help you zoom into focusing on specific behaviors. Your kids are less likely to feel entitled or try to negotiate basic expectations or ask for rewards. Target incentives for areas where your child may be struggling or where they are making outstanding progress.

Give advance notice. Announce rewards ahead of time so your child knows how to earn them. That way, you will encourage the events you want to see, and the child will have ample time to decide how they like to show their progress.

Scale it down. Avoid sizable rewards and match them with the complexity of the assigned task. Modest treats are ideal for giving kids a pat on the back without saddling them with unrealistic expectations.

Substitute gifts for cash. Children may need a stronger concept about the prices of the rewards. They look forward to personalized gifts or things they have been seeking.

Involve your child. Ask for input. The most effective rewards are the ones your child selects. You should present a few options for them to consider.

Treat discipline issues separately. Separate the goals, rewards, and disciplinary expectations. If you motivate them to improve in a particular area, do not remove these rewards if they misbehave, as they are individual subjects. Children may feel unmotivated if rewards are taken away due to another occurrence.

How to Use Alternatives 

Stress reciprocity. Intrinsic motivators like learning to value cooperation will take your child further than any sticker chart you can design. Seize opportunities that show how being responsible and respectful pays off. Soon, your son will help his younger brother to make his bed without thinking about receiving anything in return.

Identify underlying causes. Helping your son to catch up in math may require more than a skateboard. Investigate all relevant factors, like whether he’s distracted by a new girlfriend.

Talk heart to heart. Your love and time are the most significant resources you can share with your children. Schedule one-to-one time regularly to discuss what’s on their minds. The first step is to listen attentively.

Be a powerful role model. Similarly, the example you set will have a lasting impact on your kids. Think about how you manage your emotions and how you spend your days. Do you show them the benefits of eating a healthy diet and enjoying close friendships? What are you teaching them about spiritual values and generosity?

As a parent, you’re bound to feel proud when your child comes to understand that good behavior is its own reward. An occasional sticker or afternoon television may help.

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