Fun Ways to Reward Children

We started discussing positive discipline last week. Here are some creative ways to encourage children to behave properly.

Beat the Clock:
Good method for a dawdling child.
Ask the child to do a task. Set a timer. If the task is done before the timer rings, your child gets a reward. To decide the amount of time to give the child, figure out your child’s “best time” to do that task and add five minutes.

The Good Behavior Game:
Good for teaching a new behavior.
Write a short list of good behaviors on a chart and mark the chart with a star each time you see the good behavior. After your child has earned a small number of stars (depending on the child’s age), give him or her a reward.

Good Marks/Bad Marks:
Best method for difficult, highly active children.
In a short time (about an hour) put a mark on a chart or on your child’s hand each time you see him or her performing a good behavior. For example, if you see your child playing quietly, solving a problem without fighting, picking up toys or reading a book, you would mark the chart. After a certain number of marks, give your child a reward. You can also make negative marks each time a bad behavior occurs. If you do this, only give your child a reward if there are more positive marks than negative marks.

Developing Quiet Time:
Often useful when you’re making supper.
Ask your child to play quietly alone or with a sibling for a short time (maybe 30 minutes). Check on your child frequently (every two to five minutes, depending on the child’s age) and give a reward or a token for each few minutes they were quiet or playing well. Gradually increase the intervals (go from checking your child’s behavior every two to five minutes to checking every 30 minutes), but continue to give rewards for each time period your child was quiet or played well.

Will you try using these ideas to encourage good behavior with your charges? Do you have other ways to encourage good behavior in children?


  1. We use the kitchen timer everyday. Ten minutew to get dressed, eight minutes for shower, three to brush teeth, and so on for six yr old and eight yr old. We punish by taking away priviledges, but obviously need to start rewarding them for when the accomplish chores before the timer bell rings.Grace B. Nanny New York NY

  2. I work with an autistic child. I have a degree in psychology but you don’t need a degree to work with autistic children successfully and to know it requires patience and creativity. We all know that autustic children may have different sensory responses than other kids and that they typically learn differently.With the mildly autistic boy I care for I use these timers to help the child stay on task. So I like using the timers below as a viusal reminder as well as a auditory one (when the timer rings). appreciate your very helpful information included in your newsletter. I always learn a lot in each issue. Nice to not only have cutsie craft projects but discussions on the issues important to in home caregivers.Marina Johnson, Nanny 8 Years, Silver Spring, Maryland

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