12 Parenting Hacks That’ll Make Your Life Easier
11: Use star charts.
Kids will work tirelessly for abstract rewards. Haven’t you seen how long they will play video games for? Imaginary points are like real toys to kids: a piece of evidence of stuff they have done, that they can look at and show off. So exploit this. Get them a star chart. Start the day with maybe three stars. Then add them and take them away based on behaviour. As your kids get older they may want to start trading stars for rewards, so set star targets and at each target give the option of unlocking a reward or banking the stars for a bigger reward. Don’t make the rewards all about money, though!