A few months back I blogged about our House Rules and what we do in our home to encourage our kids to behave, be polite and considerate of others. At the end of each day, depending upon how well they followed said House Rules, our kidlets earned what we called “R Bucks” which they could save up and redeem in our makeshift redemption center. It was a good idea, until it wasn’t…..
While the “R Bucks” technically held the kidlets accountable for their behavior, The Hubs and I quickly realized they weren’t actually behaving because of the rules, but because of the prizes they’d get in return. It completely defeated the original purpose of the rules. It was clear that The Hubs and I needed to regroup and think of something else!
And just like Kismet, the Awesome Deck of Awesome reached out to see if I wanted to do a review!
The Awesome Deck of Awesome (ADoA) is a deck of collectible trading cards for kids that promote positive reinforcement for children of all ages. There are several decks available with either 35 or 70 cards each and there are even decks tailored just for girls, boys and a combo pack for parents like me with one of each!
Each card is unique and features a whimsical drawing along with an awesome message of encouragement. There are no official instructions with these cards, meaning there is no one way to use this deck. However, the basic gist is this; you use the ADoA cards as currency within your own ‘family economy’ where values are set together by parents and children.
The Hubs and I thought the Awesome Deck of Awesome would be a great alternative since our kidlets have always thrived when given praise for their actions. In our house we use the cards as a reward for going above and beyond following our House Rules so, such as, the kidlets can earn cards for acing a test at school or helping out household chores (feeding the dog, taking out the recycling). I also like to reward the kidlets with a card when I catch them doing a random, and unprompted, act of kindness to someone!
We set it up that collecting 10 Awesome Deck of Awesome cards qualifies the kids to a special “one-on-one” outing with mom or dad such as going to the movies, getting FroYo or going to a local park.
We’ve been doing the Awesome Deck of Awesome now for a couple of weeks and I have to say the kidlets are working hard to earn their cards! Each kidlet is just a few cards shy of earning their first reward, and I’m excited for them! I really like the message that these cards instill in children, that they are recognized for their positive actions, validated for their feelings, encouraged to stay the course and do well!
Now it’s your turn to share. What tips or tricks do you do follow in order to encourage positive behavior from your children?
For Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a complimentary set of Awesome Deck of Awesome for Boys and Girls, Series 1 to try and review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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