Health experts have cautioned parents to avoid using food to reward kids for every good thing they do. But reserving food rewards for one special effort, such as earning good grades, can be a positive reinforcement for your kids. Don't just give Junior a candy bar when he brings home an excellent report card. Instead, make the reward more meaningful and significant:
Kids love celebrating with their friends, so reward your child with some special friend time for her accomplishments:
Kids are always so confined by rules at school and home. Relax those constraints and give your kid a little dose of freedom:
There's nothing better you can give your kids than your own time. Turn off the phone, computer and all other distractions and reward your child with your undivided attention (something you may do less often than you realize!):
The key to the perfect reward is knowing what your child really likes. If she likes fashion, take her shopping. If he loves cars, let him test-drive some at a nearby dealership. Go to a salon or a sporting event together. And offer praise. Children love to please their parents, so make sure they know how proud you are. The more personal the reward, the more appreciated it will be.
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