Top Tips from Mums on using Reward Systems: Monkey on the whole is a good kid, but like all good kids he sometimes needs a bit of help to stay on track. Normally its around a specific thing such as doing his homework or more recently anger management. We have always dipped in and out of them reward systems, once his behaviour changes or a new one behaviour appears. I was interested to know if other parents use them in the same way or whether there was some secrets I wasn’t aware of. So I have asked a group of Mummy friends to share their experiences. Which coincided with us being asked to review a new reward system from Little Humbug that is pictured through out this post.
Top Tips for Reward Systems:
- Laura uses a reward system when her eldest doesn’t want to go to bed. Different activities are included, some of which she is brilliant at. This results in building up stars, which then leads her to wanting more to get her reward. Which mean she starts being good at bedtime without really realising. What a fab idea from Dear Bear and Beany.
- Sarah uses her reward system not just for good behaviour but for kindness as well. This is such a lovely idea and one that we will definitely be adopting. Whimsical Mumblings
- Laura’s children tend to get competitive comparing how many stars they have with each other. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get the dishwasher emptied! Five Little Doves.
- Emma believes it all about finding the right reward that will motivate your child to complete the reward system. For her son N blind bags and small toys with a surprise worked wonders. Bubbablue and Me
- Kate has been using hers to help with bedtime for her eldest and encouraging her to let her dad help with things once a new baby turned up. Introducing a new sibling into a family can be a challenging time, we are still adjusting two years in ourselves. I would never have thought to use a reward system to help. I will be now. Refined Prose.
- Lucy has been using their chart to help her little one try new foods. It didnt’ matter if he didn’t like it. It was all about trying the new food. Even now a couple of years on he will try the food and discuss whether he likes it or not, even without the reward system. The Parent Game
- Starting school can be a scary time for all kids. Emma used a reward system to help her son when he was struggling to go to school in the mornings. Their system really helped him to see that he was making progress and build up his confidence. Mrs Shilts.
- Mel has four children ranging from 3-9 so needed a system that would work for them all. Depending on their behaviour they either go up or go down. Rewards include 1 to 1 time with mummy, making a cake, play dates and going to the park. If they go down then they get sanctions such as a time out or loosing privileges. Each day they start again in the same place. I love this idea as it means you are also showing the consequences for bad behaviour as well as rewarding the good behaviour. Le Coin De Mel
Little Humbug is run by Amie and originally started when her eldest daughter was potty training. This really attracted me to the brand as I like supporting mums in business and it was designed to solve a parenting need. We opted for a rainbow (I am a little rainbow mad) but Amie also produces personalised jars, stars, clouds, hot air balloons and bird houses. The rainbow was a definite hit with Monkey and he couldn’t wait to get enough clouds to reach his pot of gold.
Amie also gives you the option to buy additional bags of tokens which can also be written on. Which means that you can use the reward system for something very specific if you want. Beautifully bright colours, great materials and workmanship make these an instant hit. I would definitely look to get another one of these for Kipper once he is a little older. They are also very reasonably priced at £21.50 each. Little Humbug have very kindly offered one of my readers the option to win their own reward system. To enter please use the gleam application below and note the T&Cs.
- Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
- There is no cash alternative offered
- One winner will be drawn at random and will receive their choice of reward system from Little Humbug
- The giveaway will close on the 12th June at midnight, the winners will be notified through Twitter
- The Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address
I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.
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