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Rewards You Can Use at Home

Rewards are definitely NOT necessary.  Praise, hugs, high-fives, and pats on the back can do wonders when trying to increase positive behaviors.  However, rewards can be really useful in changing behaviors.  One thing I consistently hear from parents is that they don’t want to spend a lot of money on rewards.  Nor should they have to!  There are lots of rewards that parents can use that cost little or no money.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Stickers
  • Let the child pick what the family has for dinner
  • An extra book before bed
  • Staying up 5-10 minutes past bedtime
  • Special bubble bath
  • A small snack (M&Ms, a small cookie, grapes, cereal)
  • One-on-one time with mom or dad (or both!)
  • An extra trip to the park
  • Movie night (at home)
  • Get a pass on a daily chore for one day
  • Video game time or time on the computer (or extra time if they already get some)
  • Camp out in the living room or backyard
  • Game night
  • Let your child help you cook or bake a special treat
  • Bubbles
  • Get a prize box and fill it up with cheap items from the store to let your child pick from
    • Pens/pencils
    • small action figures
    • crazy straws
    • balloons
  • Let your child invite a friend for a sleepover
  • Help mom or dad with a chore or task (chores are boring, but being mom’s special helper can be fun)
  • Dance party in the living room
  • Picnic (indoor or outdoor)

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