Points to remember when rewarding your child:
- Explain clearly the desired behaviour- choose 1 or 2 behaviours to start with.
- Reward when the desired behaviour has been achieved – NOT before.
- Involve your child in agreeing the rewards.
- Don’t mix rewards with punishments. Don’t take a reward away if they have earned it.
- Rewards should be inexpensive- praise, smiles and hugs are also rewards.
- Use WHEN and THEN e.g. When you have tidied away your toys, then I will read you a story.
Examples of suitable rewards include: Choosing what to have for tea. Choosing a TV programme. Spending 1:1 time with a parent. A small packet of sweets (occasionally).
Remember: Ask yourself “What will motivate my child?” and if they have earned the reward it is only fair that they have it.
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