We are trying some new motivators for my kids this summer. One of the things I made is a reward store. I love using different tools to help reinforce the good behaviors while discouraging the bad and unacceptable behaviors. In the past, I have used a kids behavior chart and kids chore buckets. I have also made chore sticks. If my child performs a chore that is on the chore stick, they can either save the sticks up to buy a larger prize or cash them in right away.
Reward Store is Fun:
All of these tools have helped my kids so much. I am very impressed by how well they are working. My kids are actually ASKING to do chores! They want to earn a chore stick to buy something from the store! The first day when one of them picked a not so easy chore though and wanted to put it back, I had to explain that we don’t pick and choose the chore and that’s why they are randomly picked from their chore cups. That helped clear things up.
A Reward Store is Easy to Make:
The first thing I did in order to find things for the reward store was head to my favorite store for being frugal–the dollar store. I looked for yummy treats that my kids don’t get to eat that often, a few toys, and I also shopped our house and put some items in there I already had and hadn’t been used yet. I placed price tags on each item with a value for however many chore sticks they would need to buy an item from the store.
Several items I put a one on for the kids to get the idea of earning and buying. The items priced with one definitely seemed to go fast. Some kids may decide to save some sticks to save up for higher priced items. My kids are still learning the value of saving their chore sticks, so I added the owner is on vacation and the store is closed until X day rule. That has helped with them to save up some chore sticks. Mommy has to do, what Mommy’s got to do, ya know? Right now I think it’s just so exciting for them to buy something they don’t normally get to have.
I think having a reward store is a great idea, that we should all in-cooperate into our households. It really helps the kids to realize the value of earning things for their hard work also, while helping you as a mom get things done around the house. A win, win in my book!
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