Toddler Activities

Rewards & Appreciation (Ideas for rewarding children for good deeds)

Tips and ideas on rewarding kids for doing their chores

Do you use reward systems in your home? What best suits you and your kiddos? Life skills are important to learn no matter what but it is ok to get rewarded while learning.

That’s what you should ask yourself; ask what type of reward system will work?
Also, you must keep in mind the ages of your kid. As they grow, giving your little one jelly beans for putting stuff away might not work anymore.

Pre K to School Age 3-5

Firstly, At this age they can do simple tasks. For example, pick up their toys and put clothes away.
Examples of rewards

  • Give them a treat like ice cream or a piece of candy.
  • Create a sticker chart
  • Let them choose a family movie
    Give them money to put in their piggy bank like 25 cents

Let them choose their reward every once in awhile. Like pizza for dinner or a new toy.
It is ok to keep the rewards simple. Here are a few examples of Reward Coupons.

You can create your own. It is super easy. All you need is to know what your kid likes. For example, friends over on the weekends? There’s a coupon for that!

Ages 6-11

Preteens, they can do a little extra around the house. Like help with dishes, pick up after themselves.

Examples of rewards
Treasure box
Pick family activity
Choose a family vacation or weekend event

Preteens 12-14

Teens can help a lot even cook. They can keep their room neat and help with laundry.
Most likely at this age they want allowance and freedom.
You can reward them by letting them pick a fun activity to do or let them stay up a little late one night. You can give them extra phone or screen time all kids love that.
Pick a fun activity
More screen time
be on the phone longer than set time
Extra allowance

Teenagers Ages 15-18

Lastly, at this age they have a ton of responsibility, they can even hold a job. They want time with their friends, significant other, and they want to drive. Rewards for older children can be as simple as taking them out to lunch or dinner,or let them stay out passed their curfew every once in awhile.
Reward them with more drive time
Bend the curfew time a little
Help plan a family vacation
Note: I am not saying give them a choice in rewards if you’ve asked five times and they finally do it. You are a parent you decide.
You could create a chore chart and have them spin to do big tasks on certain days.
Kids need to feel appreciation. Simply telling them “hey I appreciate you cleaning your room without being reminded” Thank You. Small compliments can go a long way.

Say Thank You

It is ok to keep the rewards simple, even just saying thank you can go a long way. Adults, when we hear that we are doing a good job it makes us work harder and better right? The same goes for kids you might not have to ask as much or often if they know they are being appreciated.

I hope you enjoyed these tips. What does your family do to show appreciation when they help around the home? Can’t wait to hear from you!

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