(I received a product to facilitate this honest review)
If your house is anything like mine... full of crazy kids who just need a little positive reinforcement to encourage them to be the best little people they can be... then you need to hear about this adorable product called the Awesome Deck of Awesome.
It's a pretty simple idea: A deck full of Awesome Cards that tell kids just how awesome they are. There is a girl deck, a boy deck, and a boy/girl deck (which I got).
The best thing about this reward system is that it can be completely tailored to your family's needs. Smaller children might find that the idea of earning an Awesome Card in itself is enough of a reward, and you might find that collecting these cards is all the reinforcement they need to behave!
Older children, like mine, will probably better respond to having some type of greater reward that they can work towards. For my 4-year-old, she has currently 6 out of 10 cards that will earn her a new toy at the toy store. How did she earn those? By doing a WIDE VARIETY of things that I would otherwise have to beg, plead, and cry for her to do (like wiping her own butt, or cleaning up the playroom). We have major issues with independence, and it has only gotten more complicated with the arrival of baby sister! I also want to incorporate some one-on-one time as a reward for S somehow... maybe 5 cards earns her a trip to get ice cream with me, or some time at the park with dad.
My 7-year-old has earned 5 cards, and already turned them in for an hour on the Nintendo DS playing his favorite Pokemon game. He could've saved for 10 cards to get a toy just like his sister, but he values playing his game more right now.
I love surprising them with cards when they do great things without being asked! We have been doing this for a few weeks now. At first, they quickly became obsessed with earning Awesome Cards, and I had to kind of let it go for a bit so they would stop focusing on it. I wanted it to be more of a random system, instead of... "If I do ___, can I get an awesome card???" type of situation. Now that we started back up, it's more relaxed and fun for all.
And one of the best parts is that the ADoA message is... well... awesome:
The individual decks retail for $12.50 and have 35 Awesome Cards, and the boy/girl deck for $20 has 70 cards. You can get them on Amazon.com through these affiliate links:
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Boys, Series I
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Boys and Girls, Series I
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Girls, Series I
What do you think of this kind of positive reinforcement system? Do you do anything like this at home?
Disclosure: Thanks to ADoA for letting us try out these Awesome Cards!