Parenting is tough, and it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the ways you want your children to change rather than emphasizing all of the good in their personalities, behaviors and character. These 15 positive reinforcement ideas for kids will help you change those patterns and come up with a more positive parenting approach. For two positive words that will change the atmosphere of your home, check this out.
As a mom, I am working on approaching behavior with a variety of tactics. I believe there is time for consequences and discipline. However, I have seen a huge difference in my kids as I began to focus on the positive, compliment them and put in systems for reward. We want to avoid the trap of being critical. I hope you are motivated by at least one of the great strategies I am featuring today. Some of these ideas were made for a classroom but are easily adapted for the home.
Good Deed Card by Eighteen25 – Imagine how much fun your kids will have with their own punch card. This good deed card printable is a tangible way to reward behavior.
Caught Ya Being Good by Wolfelicious – I love the idea of letting your kids know that you are keeping your eyes peeled to try and catch them doing well.
Reward Coupons by Mama Gets it Done – Having reward coupons that can be earned is a fabulous idea. Print these coupons out and have them ready to hand out as payment for good behavior or work.
Helpfulness Necklace by Meaningful Mama – This helpfulness necklace is a visual reminder that your child was caught being helpful. They can wear this necklace with pride.
Printable Behavior Chart by A Little Tipsy – Your child will love watching their points fill up so that they can earn their sought after prize.
Instant Gratification Award System by Moritz Fine Blog Designs – Sometimes kids will respond well when they receive instant gratification for their work. I think it’s also teach them patience, but for special rewards like this, I think this method could be very effective.
Dazzling Deeds Good Behavior Jar by Mama Miss – These good behavior jars are adorable and a great way to work on a variety of behaviors. I love the bright colors and child-friendly design that becomes a statement in a room.
Reward Box by Sugar for Breakfast – I love the thought of having a reward bucket or bag with different prizes with sticker dots of varying “costs.”
Reward Jars by How Does She – It’s so fun to for kids to pick out their own prize that they want to work toward. Once the jar is full of pom poms, the child gets to cash in on their reward.
Compliment Them Like Crazy by Meaningful Mama – This is simple advice, but it’s a challenge to be constantly looking the good in your child. Whenever you see it, compliment them like crazy.
$1.00 for Every Time another Adult Compliments on Character – This is a simple strategy a couple of my friends do, and I have started as well. When another adult compliments your child’s character, they earn a dollar. This is a way to reinforce the importance of character and let them know when other people are noticing their generosity, helpfulness, polite nature or any other positive character trait.
Behavior Bucks by Healthy in Candyland – How fun are these behavior bucks? Here’s another great printable that will aid you in rewarding great behavior.
Praise Effort More Than Ability by Meaningful Mama – You’ll want to read this post that talks about leading research that supports the idea of praising a child’s effort even if they have natural talent or intelligence. When you discover why, it makes so much sense and has changed the way I compliment my kids.
Behavior Bingo by Mrs. Lisa’s K-Crew Kids Rock – I love the idea of kids getting to randomly pick a number to mark on the BINGO card until they have 10 in a row and earn a prize. This site offers a great printable for you.
Helpfulness Reward Jar by Meaningful Mama – Kids get monetary rewards that go into this jar. The money earned leads to a special date. Head on over to the post to better understand exactly how it works.
I hope you find these positive reinforcement ideas for kids help you to begin to notice and recognize the things your children are doing well.