Rewards and Consequences
Step One: Schedule specific chores for each day of the week.
Step Two: Each day your child completes her chores, she earns the use of electricity that day. That means iPods, TV, computer, PlayStations, etc. Make sure each day is a fresh start with the promise of rewards.
Another option is the marble-in-the-jar method. Each time your child does a chore, he puts a marble in his jar. Determine marble values for a menu of rewards, and allow your child to cash in his marbles for prizes at the end of each week.
Rewards by age
A reward is something special that your child would not otherwise receive. And remember, rewards cannot be taken away once they are earned! A few ideas...
- Play date
- Later bedtime
- Special alone time with parent
- Out for ice cream and/or dinner
- Movie with a friend
- Trip to the dollar store
- Coloring books
- Gift cards
- Indoor rock climbing
- Manicure or pedicure
- Sports event
- Extra computer time
- Magazine subscription
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Linda Karanzalis, M.S., is an adult with ADD/ADHD, a learning specialist, the founder of ADDvantages Learning Center, and an ADD/ADHD coach who specializes in helping both children and adults with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities to reach their potential.