Easy and Effective Reward System for Kids

Being a mom is hard work. Parenting kids is always an adventure in disciplining, leading, correcting and teaching. I am always adjusting and trying new things to help encourage positive behavior with my girls. We have been doing the marble (we use puff balls) system for a few weeks now and it has been going well.

Whats is the Marble / Puff Ball System?

Each time you notice your child making good choices, you reward them by having them add a puff ball to his jar. For our family some good choices consist of:  
(Over all, generally smart choices that are caught when they are not expecting others to see.)

Each time you notice your child making poor choices, you having them remove a puff ball from his jar. For our family some poor choices might be:
  • Yelling. Fighting. Arguing.
  • Not playing nice with others. 
(Overall, general poor choices fall in this category.)

** The most important thing when using any reward system is consistency. You must be consistent with your rewards and punishments. **

How Long Does it Take to Fill Up?

It normally takes about a month to fill up. When we first started using this method, I wanted to make it fill up a little quicker so that they are able to get their first reward and understand it. 

Sometimes I will use cotton balls as an incentive: “If you ____, you will earn an extra cotton ball today.” (Works great for this, but I don’t do this too often because I don’t want it to lose its real purpose.)
What Happens When Their Jar is Full?

The girls get to go shopping or do something fun (within reason). Example is shopping for a new outfit or toy. Some activities have been getting your nails done or going on a date with mom or dad. 

Supplies Needed
  • Marbles / Puffs
  • A Jar (or something to put the earned marbles in)
  • Consistency from the parents

We have been using the puff ball jar for a few weeks now. The girls are very eager to earn (and not lose) their puffs. When in public or even at home, when a poor choice is noticed, I just need to simply say puff ball… and I have their attention quickly. They understand. They usually quickly adjust their behavior.

I find that rewarding my children for their positive choices (instead of only focusing on their poor choices) is a great method. It works for us!

Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

This months blog posts have been all about the kids. Last week I revealed the kids craft closet and today I am going over kids appropriate chores. 

After I realized that my young girls were capable of helping pick up and do a few chores I put together a daily chore charts for them. Some of the chores are no brains I know they will do it every day, but that lines them up to succeed. I also switch out the chores when I feel like they need to do different things around the house. 

Before diving into chores lets remember to respect your child’s need for play. For them, it’s serious business! If you really think about it, your kids are learning so much when they are just playing. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also do chores, it just means that we can’t have all work and no play. When their play need is met, they are more likely to cooperate with chores.

When putting these chore charts together remember to keep in mind your child’s age, ability, and maturity when assigning chores around the house. I use the list below as a guide when it comes to assigning chores.

Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

Young Toddler (18 Months)
  • Pick up/ put away toys
  • Practice sweeping dry messes with hand broom
  • Put a few groceries on the counter at checkout
  • Dust low areas
  • Throw away trash
Toddler (ages 2 and 3)
  • Any Young Toddler Chores
  • Unload the dishwasher (silverware, plastic cups, tupperware)
  • Put clothes in the dirty clothes hamper
  • Feed Pets
  • Eating Meals
  • Brushing Teeth
Preschooler (ages 4-5)
  • Any toddler chores
  • Match socks
  • Fold dish towels
  • Staying dry day and night 
  • picking up dog poop

While our family isn’t perfect when it comes to chores, my kids are encouraged to work together to keep the house clean and organized. Having young kids that can help around the house keeps the house cleaner and frees up more time for fun activities as a family.

Finally, remember to keep it fun! Most little children WANT to help out around the house. Assigning small chores like the ones listed above allow your kids to feel like a contributing member of the family.

Free Printable Planner Stickers - Hello Fall

Happy Tuesday everybody! Are you ready for this HUGE Surprise? 
Most of you know I’m the owner of the Etsy Shop : Nicole Kelly Creations a shop with the focus of planner items and other paper products. I love sharing so I want to do a weekly mini kit every month for all you planners. If you have a theme in mind let me know in the comments below. 

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet of printable planner stickers
  • files
    • 1 PDF kit 
    • 1 PDF cutting file

Materials needed:
Term of Use:

Remember this kit is for personal use only. Files cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
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