Archive for June 9th, 2011
Parents always like to see their kids succeed, whether it’s in school, sports or just completing tasks that teach responsibility such as chore. And often, if the completion of the task itself isn’t enough of a reward, parents will provide an added incentive. Giving kids something that they want in reward for their success is often a great motivator. We just have to make sure we avoid rewarding them with things that aren’t appropriate, such as music with parental advisories, violent movies or videogames, or even candy. To help you choose the right reward, we have compiled a list of some exciting, yet reasonable, rewards for your child’s accomplishment.
This reward is a great way to set your child up for even more success later on. Reading helps children learn grammar and vocabulary and exposes them to new ideas and information. The National Education Association has compiled a great list of the best children’s books, and this age-appropriate list is available online. Some favourites include the very popular Harry Potter series, the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, The giving tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. There are many good books that your children will love out there.
If you want to take a step up from the more classic building toys, tech toys are the way to go. With advances in computers and robotic technology, there are some fun and educational sets out there. For example, Robosapien models are available in several varieties. Or if your child wants to build their own robot, Lego has a Mindstorm kit that will really make them think and be a lot of fun. Or, you could go with a more classic toy, like Simon.
This old favourite has gotten even better as plush toys have gotten even more realistic. Always a great companion, they can also stimulate a child’s curiosity about the natural world. Do you remember your favourite stuffed animal as a child? Chances are you wanted to find out more about real bears, rabbits, or dogs. Plus, pushiest are very non-violent and safe, and we don’t ever really grow out of them. Even as they get older, the toys can be used to decorate a bedroom or college dorm.
Who doesn’t want to encourage artistic skills in their children? Things like crayons, magic markers, and lots of paper are a great reward for a child who completes their chores. Paint is also a great option; just make sure that if the child is young the paint is water-soluble because it’s easy to get it on clothes. So there you go. There are many ideas beyond violent video games and non-educational movies. Remember, positive reinforcement usually contributes to a happier home life than punishments, so these age appropriate rewards can really encourage success!