When you have little kids, it can be difficult to get them to do stuff they don’t want to do. Dentist appointments, tidying their rooms and even going to bed can be filled with difficulty, and sometimes we wonder how on earth we’re going to get them to do anything. Whilst each parent has different techniques, and many can be effective, sometimes it works well to reward kids for good behavior. Of course, we don’t want to this all the time or create an expectancy towards treats, but on special occasions they can really help. Here are some examples of rewards for good behavior.
Kids love toys. Whether it’s a teddy bear, a racing track or some Lego, new toys fill their days with exciting play time. So, if your kid is putting up a fight about going to school, why not tell them they can pick a new toy if they go without a fuss for a few weeks? Check out the Wicked Uncle toy range (suitable for boys age 5) and make sure they pick something that is safe, long lasting and within your price range.
Like most adults, kids also tend to love food – especially the sweet treat variety. Chocolate, sweets and ice-cream tend to be favorites and can drive kids wild with longing. Whilst you don’t want to encourage them to eat an unhealthy diet, allowing them something to satisfy their sweet tooth after they’ve behaved well can be a great initiative. Check out this recipe for a wicked shortcake sundae that your kids will love.
Most parents set a sensible bedtime for their kids so they – and you – get enough rest. However, allowing your kid to stay up a little later on a Friday or Saturday evening to watch their favorite TV show or play a game is an easy, no money reward for good behavior. Just make sure they know it’s a treat, and doesn’t become an expectation.
It’s important for kids to run around and see new places – so why not reward yours with a day out somewhere fun? If they’ve been well behaved and deserve a treat, most kids will love a trip to a zoo, adventure park or play area. Plus, you’ll probably enjoy it too! Days out can be fun for the whole family and will show your kid that you care about them and want them to enjoy their childhood. Make sure you come prepared with comfy shoes, layers, drinks and snacks to keep them comfy, hydrated and happy.
Snuggling under duvets, staying up late and eating snacks – if your kid is a social butterfly who loves to play with friends, they probably love sleepovers. Sleepovers can feel like a real treat, and don’t happen too often. So, if your kid has been well behaved at school or braved the scary dentist, why not let them have a few friends over at the weekend and host a sleepover? Sleeping bags, games and popcorn recommended. Just be prepared for the tired tantrums the next day!