This post has been sponsored by StudyBooster, but all thoughts and experiences are my own.
Ok, I may not be able to stop you from yelling at your children, forever.
But I do have a little secret…I’ve found something that works better, is way less stressful and will save your vocal cords.
A little while ago I was in the depths of venting to my mum about how I was sick of screaming at the kids to clean their room, put their shoes on, eat their dinner, when she gave me a brilliant idea.
“What about a rewards chart?” she asked.
I didn’t hesitate and the kids and I jumped in the car and headed to the nearest shop to grab supplies.
We decided that we create a chart for each of them, with twenty squares. Each good deed, chore, experience that didn’t require me to yell, would get a sticker. Then, once the kids reached their final square they would get a gift of their choice.
They could pick anything. A trip to the zoo, a special meal, a toy! They both chose Lego (no surprises there)!
We also wrote a list of goals, or things that could earn stickers. They contributed things like “sharing with each other” and “helping mum set the table”, all the stuff I was sick of screaming about.
And it worked. They absolutely rose to the challenge. The positive reinforcement saw their faces bloom with pride, and the stickers and final rewards were the icing on the cake.
That’s why when the website StudyBooster was brought to my attention, I knew I had to check it out.
The site allows students to set their own goals, share them with their family and friends, and then get sponsored for achieving them.
Now while my children are a long way off studying goals, I can’t help but think this kind of initiative could really benefit them down the track.
Now, I’m off to Big W, we’ve finished our current chart and need to make a new one. Mummy is enjoying this no screaming thing!