Do you think that it’s wrong to reward your kids for reading? Or maybe you’ve thought about doing so but you are worried about spoiling your kids. We have chosen to reward our kids for reading. I’m here to tell you that you can reward your children for reading, why you should and that you won’t spoil them for doing so.
We all usually have a catalyst as to why we start doing something new. Whether it’s a new habit you want to form, an old habit you want to quit or a new skill you want to learn. The catalyst for us when we started rewarding for reading was that outside of school time we couldn’t get our oldest to want to read. He would do it for school and be done for the day. There was no desire on his part to read for fun. I’m not just talking about looking at books or looking through a picture book. I’m talking about reading the words.
He would do it for school and be done for the day. There was no desire on his part to read for fun. I’m not just talking about looking at books or looking through a picture book. I’m talking about reading the words.
Since my husband and I love to read, we knew we wanted our children to love to read as well. Seeing Big Guy not want to read if he didn’t have to wasn’t leading him down a path of loving reading. Big red flag flying for me. Readers are leaders, we want a leader. So I went to the drawing board for ideas on how to motivate him.
We all need motivators, don’t we? If we are dieting, we need to know we can enjoy a slice of cake once in awhile. If we are wanting to form a new habit we motivate ourselves, so why not motivate our children? And if we do, how does that equate to spoiling them? It doesn’t. It simply means that you need to motivate your child to form a new behavior. Don’t overthink it, mama!
We chose a reward system to motivate our children for extracurricular reading.
If they read one book, they get a star. When they read ten books, they get to pick a reward from our reward bucket. You can find so many reward bucket goodies on Amazon that won’t break the bank!
This worked like a charm! Before I knew it he wanted to read 10 books in a day! Since incorporating this reward system he has soared in his reading level and in just one year he is now at 3rd-grade reading level. Has he been spoiled by doing?
Has he been spoiled by doing?
Not at all.
He has been encouraged to excel and to do his best. It pushed him to do something he didn’t really love doing and turn it into something he can’t get enough of. It has made a huge impact. I wouldn’t trade it for anything one year later.
So why should you start rewarding for reading? Or anything else for that matter?
To encourage a behavior you want to see in your child. To teach your child to work towards excellence. To motivate, we all need it so don’t knock it.
You reward for potty training, why not for reading?! Just joking, well maybe not. Reading is just as important as learning to use the toilet. If a reward system worked well then, why not now?
Is your child struggling with reading? Maybe it’s too hard for him but he needs the extra help, try rewarding him for little efforts working towards a bigger prize. Would your child rather play video games than read a book? Give him an incentive to earn time to play a game-read a book first! It is amazing what a reward system can make you child do something he didn’t want to before.
And you never know, that one thing may just end up becoming a passion of his! It’s a win-win for you both!
Your turn! Do you reward for reading? Why or why not? Will you give it a shot?
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