28 awesome reward ideas for good behavior. Use these ideas as positive reinforcement and reward your child for filling their reward jar when you’re using the consequence and reward jars for behavior.
It’s incredibly important to show your appreciation for a child’s good behavior, especially if you’re having issues with inappropriate behavior.
Guys, I’ve written so much about my daughter’s behavior. It’s been a problem for as long as I can remember. She was a high need baby and became a very demanding toddler.
Though she can be very sweet, many things, including her naturally persistent personality led way to some very undesirable behaviors. Having read my fair share of books to help with child behavior and discipline, I was overwhelmed. I was trying everything and getting nowhere. Not one suggestion on its own worked effectively or for very long.
I was at my wit’s end when I finally decided to work on a consequence and reward system. It was nearly life-changing (though it only works when I actually remember to consistently use the consequence jar). And, I’ve written a bit about why rewarding the good behavior is so important.
Anyway, sometimes I feel like we get stuck in a rut. And, I totally forget that free and cheap options make the kiddo just as happy as more expensive options.
I’m also generally against collecting more stuff, so I like to do activity rewards more than physical rewards.
But, I’m going to list everything I can think of here to help you decide on appropriate rewards for your child as you work through discipline and positive reinforcement.
If you haven’t already, go learn everything you can about our consequence and reward jars.
Tons of Reward Ideas for Filling the Reward Jar
This is a nice list of reward ideas for good behavior. These are fabulous reward suggestions, regardless of the system you use to reward good behavior.
Still, if you haven’t given it a look, I enthusiastically recommend our consequence and reward jar system.
Family Activity Reward Ideas
You know what I love most about this section? Everyone benefits from your child’s good behavior. Your child will be receiving praise and appreciation for doing well. And, the family gets to spend more time enjoying each other for it.
Chuck E Cheese
Dave and Busters
Go skating (roller, ice)
Movie night in/out
Indoor Trampoline or Bounce House Park
Special dinner out
Game night in
Go out for a special treat – ice cream, yogurt, or cupcake
Indoor Open Gym
Go to a ball game/sports event
Pottery paint session
Canvas paint session
Have a beach day
Visit a local water park or splash pad
Physical Reward Ideas
Candy or other treats
Other Reward Ideas
Get to stay up XX minutes late – choose an appropriate additional amount of time for their age but pay attention to any signs they’re not ready for being up late.
An extra book or chapter before bed
Extra time with electronics
Spend the night with a friend
I think the main thing to remember, when narrowing down reward ideas for good behavior is to NOT set yourself up for something you can’t afford, or just becomes too costly, down the road.
We took things like theme parks off the table. Between the 2 hour drive down to the nearest theme park, hotel stays, and entrance alone, we decided visiting theme parks was not a valid option for a once a month reward.
If you dole out reward more frequently than once a month, cost is definitely something you’re going to want to factor into your list.