Having Trouble Motivating Your Kids? Below I will describe a simple way to get your kids to cooperate with you. The easy implementation and management will make it even more appealing. I learned this behavior management plan from a post I read a few months ago. Simply modifying it for home is what has worked wonders with my kids and I know it will work for your kids too! Trust me, it will help with the frustration and overwhelm of trying to get your kids to listen, promise!
Check out my freebie below for everything you’ll need right now to get started with your store. It comes with free printables (e.g., name tags, store sign and currency!)
First, pick your store name.
Nothing too clever is needed and don’t worry about the work involved. It is going to be easy! I named our store Nana’s Store. Its not original; the next step is where there is a little magic. Frequent travel landed me relying on my mom for help with my kids. Nana being the operative word here. And trying to get my kids to cooperate meant trying something besides taking away technology.
Second, decide on a currency.
Get creative! Our store currency is Nana’s Nickels. Pick something that goes with he first letter of the store. Nana’s name is Dora, so we could have went with Dora’s Dollars. Use your imagination. For example, printing dollars with Dora’s face on them would have been great. Nickels worked for us because I had a great collections of coins and I could take over the currency when I returned home :). Added bonus (and the little magic I talked about in Step One): Rather then snubbing small change I see my kids picking up pennies they find and putting them in their jars!
Third, select a place to keep the currency.
Three of my children are in elementary. Make a place for them to keep the currency they earn. A simple and cute idea are mason jars like these mason jars. Here is a plastic jar option.
Forth, create your store.
Do not turn yourself inside out here! First of all, this is designed to reduce stress, not create it. Find a simple place and a keeper of the items. Above the fridge is a great place to keep kids from peeking. A simple magazing basket makes a great store. See Step Six for pricing.
Fifth, stock your store.
My kids love legos, Minecraft, Sick Bricks and Minons. Sick Bricks is an app and you port the Bricks into the game. My kids love it. Look for things your kids like that come individually packaged. The surprise packages are the items my kids buy first. Some other ideas are game pieces, like a Lego Dimensions; I would price those much higher. I’ve added small dice games like Story Cubes, playing card holders (awesome find!), books they picked at the book fair, and giant pencils! The possibilities are endless.
Sixth, price your items.
This can get tricky; the basic principle for our store is $1.00 and under. On occasion I will add higher priced items. The more expensive the item is that you buy the higher the price you sell it at. For example, a pack of Sick Bricks is about $6.00, so I sell those for $1.00. If the item is $2.00, sell it for $0.50 and so on. Use garage sale stickers to make pricing items easy. Tip: use the blank stickers for unusual pricing. Place the price ranges/stickers on the outside of the store so they get familiar with the pricing and then on the items themselves.
How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond…
Let the cooperation begin.
Maybe your not sure what to reward. Try this…let’s say your kids get a 100 on a paper at school – that is worth a nickel. My youngest son is five and loves to vacuum. That is worth $0.10 to me! Good conduct for the week, also rewarded. Unpacking their backpacks and doing their homework without reminders, reward it. Random sibling acts of kindness – chaaa ching! You get my point here. Decide what you want to see improve and reward them for doing it. That could be grades, behavior or whatever.
I open the store once a week on Friday’s after school; less frequently would work just as well. Just be consistent! The rewards will show quickly. As a result, they come rushing home, eagerly unpack their backpacks, count their change and line up. Fridays are great! Motivating your kids is a simple as keeping a few things around and rewarding them with a way to get them. In addition, for something really special, like three 100s in a week, I will reward them with first pick at the store.
If you feel like you still can’t do it anymore and you are experiencing the same bad days over and over with your kids be sure to check out our post on Overcoming Groundhog Day Parenting. You’ll love it! Likewise, end repetitive snacking with a simple snack you can make at home with things you probably already have!
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