We all enjoy being acknowledged when we work hard and do well. Adults reward themselves in various ways (perhaps a night out for dinner, a trip to the spa or a child-free day), but it is essential that children also have the opportunity for rewards.
In saying this, rewards need to be connected to a meaningful event, such as:
– Finishing the first week of the new academic year
– Completing a really hard assignment
– Being helpful at home (above the expected norm)
– Getting through a tough day
– Or sometimes, just as a ‘you can do this, I believe in you and I love you.’
Rewards shouldn’t just be given out at random without any link to an event or triumph, otherwise, they risk becoming just ‘another thing’, rather than an actual reward or treat.
I always love rewards that are purposeful and can further children’s growth, development or creativity; my top picks are below:
Glitterarty Glitter Gel Pens – Multi coloured gel pens that are glittery and scented? Yes, please!
Rex London – Magical Unicorn Erasers – Practical and cute! They can be used during pretend play or as an eraser – two in one.
The 65 – Storey Treehouse – This is seriously one of the best series of books, encourage a love of reading whilst providing a reward.
Faber Castell – Pastel Color Highlighters – These are the perfect reward for older children who have homework and projects to work on, they are simply the prettiest colours and make studying a bit more fun.
EuroGraphics Toys – Spot & Find Zoo Puzzle – A puzzle is a great reward, it is something that takes time and provides great satisfaction when you get it right. It delights and educates at the same time.
Floss & Rock – Fruit Printed Pen – Another super scented and eco friendly stationery item that your kids will want to use for everything!
Dinosaur Colouring Book – A nice reward after a stressful or busy time, beautiful illustrations for some creativity and colouring.
Perhaps you could choose a new lunch box together? Rather than automatically buying one before school starts.
You could head out for a ‘family fun day’ where the kids get to pick an activity each, perhaps a visit to the aquarium or an indoor play park?
Never forget that the best reward of all is your unconditional love and support – no matter what happens.
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