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Choice Reward – Behavior tool for families

The Choice Reward idea is simple.

  1. Set daily or weekly goals for your child ( Best for age 4+ )
  2. Monitor the goals
  3. Reward appropriately

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Choice Reward comes with write-on surface, marker, reward & number cards, crayons, stickers and a magnet so the system can apply to your refrigerator.

Choice Reward is meant to help you manage your child’s behavior. The not-so-simple part is for parents/caregivers to control theirown behavior while in a moment of frustration, fear, or anger.

This simple system lets the kid know that ” their current behavior” is about to effect whether s/he will earn the chosen reward,while at the same time allowing the parent to stay in control.

 

No more unproductive behaviors, from either caretakers or children, such as:

  • yelling
  • sarcasm
  • name calling
  • belittling
  • anger

If you are a parent or caregiver looking for help managing your children’s behavior, Choice Reward may be the answer for you. This is a great way for multiple caregivers, mother, father, grandmother, granddad, aunt, uncle and step-parents to all be on the same page about how to manage behavior. Truer words have not been spoken, “it takes a village to raise a kid”. This product simply allows for you to have a system in place to hold all parties accountable. It isn’t a magic pill, it takes courage and consistency, but it works!

Choice Reward is available two ways.

A free version – a system you can make at home with simple supplies

Choice Reward $9.99 each – a product that comes already assembled with all the supplies (card holder, stickers, reward/status cards)  Order Choice Reward now.

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How it works

Choice Reward Game

This is what you will need to get started:

  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Choice Reward Game board
  • Status cards
  • Reward cards
  • Magnets
  • Stickers
  • Special marker

The Set-up

Game Board – The game board has a write-on/wipe-off surface. Write 1 to 3 behaviors that you would like to encourage or work on with your child directly on the board. Examples may be, listening better, brushing teeth, or talking in an inside voice. The behaviors that you want to work on can change over time as one is mastered.

Status Cards – The 5 cards with the large numbers, happy face and X mark work together to monitor behavior. These 5 cards serve as your counting cards. The numbered cards represent how many chances the child has left to earn the reward in the given time period. The happy face represents “all good!” The X card represents that the reward was lost. The happy face card should be placed in the card holder facing out so the child can see their behavior at the start of the game is “all good”.

Reward Card – On the included blank cards you will help your child write or draw a picture of a treat or reward that is important to them. Such as a book, ice cream, movie, story, etc. (Although I believe money is not an appropriate reward, especially for youngsters, some parents do use this as a reward.) Your child can now choose a reward card and that card should be placed next to the happy face in the card holder facing out so the child can see their chosen reward at the start of the game.

Choice Reward works great when attached to the refrigerator door (use the magnets included for this), but anywhere that is most convenient for the family is a good place. When properly set-up the Choice Reward board should have a happy face status card and chosen reward card showing. One to three behaviors to work on should be written directly on the board.

Caregivers will need to decide:

  • how many stickers are needed to buy back a turned card
  • what the time period is to earn a reward

Discuss with your child how good behavior is rewarded, while negative behavior may result in their chosen reward not to be given. Help them understand that if they should behave inappropriately, they always have a chance to earn a sticker that will help buy back the opportunity to receive their reward. Stickers can be saved on cards, or given to the child directly.

 

Now the game begins.

From the start the child should understand that a happy face next to the reward card means s/he will earn the reward. S/he also understand the time period is one day (Or whatever time period you choose. It could be one hour or one week.)

Now say you are out at the store and your child is not listening. You remind them of the reward they are working toward. You might remind them up to 3 more times, each time saying something like ” Remember, we are working on listening. If you continue to not listen to me, I will turn your card.” If the behavior does continue, simple state that when you get home the happy face will change to a number 3 card (meaning s/he has up to 3 more opportunities to misbehave before losing the reward). When you get home, immediately go to the fridge and turn the card. They might not be happy. But if they continue to act out, you can repeat ” Remember, we are working on listening. If you continue to not listen to me, I will turn your card. ” It could be that all cards get turned that day, landing on the X card. The child has lost the reward. But perhaps you saw some positive behavior at dinner, or bath time. This is where the stickers come in. If you give them one sticker for each positive behavior you saw, that could win back a card, and now instead of the X the number 1 card shows. At the end of the day, you talk with your child about the status of the card and if they are not on the X card, they win their reward. It is imperative that you are prepared with a reward to deliver it promptly or the moment (trust) is lost. 

This is the basic idea behind Choice Reward, and of course you can modify the system to work best with your family.
Good Luck!

My Personal Case Study: When I was using Choice Reward with my 2 kids, I choose a time period of one day to start the game, then quickly moved to a week. That way we all had a chance to get to know the expectations and most important, the kids understood that they got rewarded VERY QUICKLY!  Providing rewards in a very timely manner is key to success. This builds trust. My one daughter built a large collection of Bernstein Bear books and the other  a video collection. They lost rewards only a couple times before they saw how losing a reward is less desirable than winning one.

Choice Reward for Families – $9.99 each

Visit our blog to discuss your experiences with caregiving, parenting, or using Choice Reward.


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The Plan

Free Plan

Choice Reward DIY

Here is what you will need:

  • (8-12) 3 x 5 cards
  • Stickers
  • Crayons
  • Magnets

Status Card – Take 5 of the  3 x 5 cards and do the following: On the first card draw a large happy face.   Then write, in large type, the number 1 on the second card, the number 2 on the third card, the number 3 on the fourth card, and an X on the fifth card. These 5 cards serve as your counting cards. The numbered cards represent how many chances the child has to earn the reward in the given time period. The happy face represents “all good!” The X card represents that the reward was lost. The happy face card should be placed on the refrigerator door so the child can see their behavior at the start of the game is “all good”.

Behavior Card – Take one of the 3 x 5 cards (lined side) and write 1 to 3 behaviors that you would like to encourage or work on with your child. Examples may be, listening better, brushing teeth, or talking in an inside voice. The behaviors that you want to work on can change over time as one is mastered.

Reward Card – On the other 3 x 5 cards (unlined side) you will help your child write or draw a picture of a treat or reward that is important to them. Such as a book, ice cream, movie, story, etc. (Although I believe money is not an appropriate reward, especially for youngsters, some parents do use this as a reward.) Your child can now choose a reward card and that card should be placed next to the happy face on the refrigerator door.

Your refrigerator door should now have a happy face status card, a reward card, and a behavior card, one set per child, to start the game.

Discuss with your child how good behavior is rewarded, while negative behavior may result in their chosen reward not to be given. Help them understand that if they should behave inappropriately, they always have a chance to earn a sticker that will help buy back the opportunity to receive their reward.

Caregivers will need to decide:

  • how many stickers are needed to buy back a turned card
  • what the time period is to earn a reward

Now the game begins. From the start the child should understand that a happy face next to the reward card means s/he will earn the reward. S/he also understand the time period is one day (Or whatever time period you choose. It could be one hour or one week. ).

Now say you are out at the store and your child is not listening. You remind them of the reward they are working toward. You might remind them up to 3 more times, each time saying something like ” Remember, we are working on listening. If you continue to not listen to me, I will turn your card.” If the behavior does continue, simple state that when you get home the happy face will change to a number 3 card (meaning s/he has up to 3 more opportunities to misbehave before losing the reward). When you get home, immediately go to the fridge and turn the card. They might not be happy. But if they continue to act out, you can repeat ” Remember, we are working on listening. If you continue to not listen to me, I will turn your card. ” It could be that all cards get turned that day, landing on the X card. The child has lost the reward. But perhaps you saw some positive behavior at dinner, or bath time. This is where the stickers come in. If you give them one sticker for each positive behavior you saw, that could win back a card, and now instead of the X the number 1 card shows. At the end of the day, you talk with your child about the status of the card and if they are not on the X card, they win their reward. It is imperative that you are prepared with a reward to deliver it promptly or the moment is lost. 

This is the basic idea behind Choice Reward, and of course you can modify the system to work best with your family.
Good Luck!

My Personal Case Study: When I was using Choice Reward with my 2 kids, I choose a time period of one day to start the game, then quickly moved to a week. That way we all had a chance to get to know the expectations and most important, the kids understood that they got rewarded VERY QUICKLY!  Providing rewards in a very timely manner is key to success. This builds trust. My one daughter built a large collection of Bernstein Bear books and the other  a video collection. They lost rewards only a couple times before they saw how losing a reward is less desirable than winning one.

 

If you decide the free version isn’t for you, remember you can always purchase Choice Reward for Families for $9.99 each

 

 

Purchase

Choice Reward for Families – $9.99 each

 

 

Choice Reward comes with write-on surface, marker, reward & number cards, stickers and a magnet so the system can apply to your refrigerator.

Visit our blog to discuss your experiences with caregiving, parenting, or using Choice Reward.

 

iGo Potty Training App

Posted on April 22, 2013

iGo Potty App

Pull-Ups® introduces the iGo Potty App for iPhone!FREE app helps make potty training easier and fun for both of you!The Pull-Ups® iGo Potty app helps make potty training fun for you and your Big Kid®. Simply download it to your iPhone, iPad or iPod right here. The app includes helpful features like these:

 

  • Potty Reminders – Patty the Potty phones your child and says, “It’s time to use the potty!” You decide when and how often Patty calls.
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An app that makes potty training easier for both of you – another Pull-Ups® Brand exclusive!

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