A little while ago I wrote about reward tokens I'd found on another blog, and I thought it would be an idea I'd save and try when they kids were older, but I was getting a little bored of the stickers and I started thinking these tokens may be a good opportunity to encourage a little responsibility from the kids inshallah.
Basically, how it works, the girls have a jar each (which we've been using for 3 weeks but I just got round to labelling and decorating today!) and in the same way in which sticker charts are used, a token is given for various acts of good behaviour including chores.
So what is the purpose in the tokens and how do they promote responsibility? Well, these tokens can be saved and traded for a treat! .....
- For 10 tokens they can choose a colouring page from the Internet to print off (google images)
- For 25 tokens they can have 15 minutes on the computer to play a game. (we don't encourage screen time so this is a treat)
- For 50 tokens they can stay up an extra 30 minutes at bedtime on a Saturday.
- For 100 tokens they can choose a pre-bought gift. (I went to pound-land and chose 3 different gifts they can choose from)
They are in control then of how they wish to use their tokens and gain treats.
They can either spend on the smaller value rewards or save up their tokens for something more special....or as I encourage, a bit of both - spend tokens on the lower value trades whilst still saving some tokens for the higher priced incentives!
The only rule I really have, is I won't give a token if they do something and then ask for a token.
So far they seem to be working alhamdulillah.
I tried to use rewards which were low cost or zero terms of monitory value such as the colouring pages and staying up past bed-time.
The big treat for the 100 tokens is an incentive gift to try to promote the idea to save for something and encourage patience.....100 tokens isn't something they will collect pretty soon.
The thing to remember is to be consistent with the tokens.....its all too easy to allow our children's good behaviour to get overlooked and ignored, whereas negative behaviour is always always always picked up by us immediately!
Its nice for the kids to have their good behaviour noticed and appreciated by us.....if they were naughty there would be no way we'd allow them to escape without attention being given to it.
The tokens are available to download inshallah:
Value 1 HERE!!!!
Value 2 and 5 HERE!!!