Simple rewards that create the biggest impact to your kids
Omni A. Larrosa
When your children do something good, you may want to reward them. Children respond well to rewards and will continue their good behavior if their actions are reinforced with a positive reaction from their parents. Rewards also create a good memory that will attribute to the good behavior that they have shown. Rewarding is commonly attributed to material things but the truth is, it isn’t limited to those. Here are other ways to let your child know that they are appreciated.
1. Spend more quality time with your child.
They say love is spelled as T.I.M.E. and it is in it’s truest sense in the mind of a child. This could be an additional five to ten minutes of playtime before bed or extra time together doing an activity your child enjoys, such as watching animated movies or going to themeparks they haven’t explored. Using quality time as a form of reward can also allow you to create stronger social bonds with your child.
2. Show affection as a reward.
You may give your child a high five, a pat on the back, arm or shoulder, or a smile. Affection as a reward can be an effective way to let your child know you approve of their behavior. In our family, we commonly show affection in the form of saying I love you with hugs and kisses.
3. Give simple stuff that turn ordinary days to joyful memories.
Rewarding your child need not be expensive. Kids appreciate anything that come from their parents even those you can easily grab from the supermarket as long as it is given to them with a big loving smile from their parents. There is nothing more impactful to kids than hearing their parents praise them for doing good while symbolically celebrating it even with a simple treat.
There are many other ways to appreciate your kids. You can use social rewards or simply verbal praises to let your child know you appreciate their good behavior. What’s important is we give them a sense of positive affirmation to reinforce good behavior that lead to them becoming responsible adults in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed (#TheClingySibz), and a professional Marketing practitioner who is privileged to be a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.