Thursday, 21 July 2011

How do you reward children?

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What is the "best" way to reward children. 

It's a minefield - how do you know which way is the "right" way? We make and send out lots of personalise plaques, particularly for sporting or academic achievements, but how do you reward a child on a daily or weekly basis? There are lots of articles on the net about treats (ie high calorie ones) being linked to childhood obesity, so perhaps regular sweets aren't a grand idea then. Some people give money ie do your chores / collect your stickers and you'll get pocket money at the weekend. Others think verbal praise is more than enough.
There are pros and cons it seems to any kind of reward system, we mustn't let children get to the stage where they expect to get a treat or reward for being good, behaviour should be good regardless. We mustn't give them chocolate or sweets, they'll get fat, we mustn't..... ! Lot's of stuff floating around the internet on forums on how we shouldn't parent our kids (although personally we think it's up to the individual how they choose to raise their kids!) but little practical or helpful advice. 

Do you reward your children somehow? If so, how?!


Pretty Petal Handmade said...

We "try" to reward with days out or a dvd night. Grandparents give far too many sweets as it is so if my oldest is good say, when shopping on saturday (which she hates!!) she gets rewarded by us going swimming on sunday morning (which she loves!!). If she gets ready for bed on the weekend and cleans her teeth etc. without a fuss, she gets to watch a dvd in bed. Seems to work about 75% of the time!! x x

Nicki Cawood said...

I wrote a guest post about how we reward Kieran and got missed responses from "Good idea" to "You are so wrong!". I'll dig it out for you x

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