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Rewards Systems Part 2, Quick List of Rewards We Use!

As you probably know, we recently recorded some podcasts about creating a rewards system in your home, where we gave away a FREE 6 Step Guide Creating Rewards Systems. If you were curious, here is a Quick list of rewards that we most commonly use with our foster kids.

If you haven’t listened to these episodes, please click the link below and give them a listen.

Also, grab your FREE 6 Step Guide Creating A Rewards Systems HERE!

First, a word of caution!

Please keep in mind that we use specific rewards for specific situations and specific foster kids. Rewards do NO good if your kids are not interested in them. So, please don’t skip the part of discussing and choosing rewards with your foster kids. This list is more to give ideas from things we’ve used.

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Quick List of Rewards

  • Older Kids (usually teens 15-18)
    • Free time
      • Later curfew
      • Ability to have a job
      • Time at the park with friends
      • Friends over to our house (We don’t often use this as a reward. Friends are almost always welcome in our home. We want a strong positive relationship with all friends.)
      • Going to a friends house (We only do this after we have met the friends and they have gained our trust.)
    • Media and Electronic devices
      • Cell phone use/ownership
      • Social media use (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
      • Trip to the movies
      • Movie night with friends at home
      • TV episodes on Netflix
        • Or foster kids seem to really enjoy Doctor Who, Criminal Minds, The Office, Heroes, and just about any series on Netflix or Hulu.
  • Pre-Teens and Young Teens (usually 11-15)
    • Points
      • We use points because it is easy to reward with lots of point for every little thing and have the points add up to earn something bigger.
        • We will often first do daily points where each day you earn points to earn your rewards for the evening and following day. It sucks for them when they don’t make the effort to earn their points, but they learn after the first time or two. \
        • Once they master daily points, or for older kids, we will move on to weekly points. Here they earn points for a week to earn rewards/privileges the upcoming week.
      • We like to use points that are easy to keep track of on paper. Usually 10, 100, or even 1,000 points.
      • Every desired FOCUS behavior earns points (we’ll say 100). Every Undesired FOCUS behavior earns double negative points (we’ll say -200).
        • (Always with the option earning half of the points back for accepting feedback! Plus the other half if they accept it really well and practice the desired behavior.)
    • Media and Electronic devices
      • Trip to the movies
      • Movie night with friends at home
      • TV episodes on Netflix
    • Free Time
      • Time at the park with friends
      • Friends over to our house (We don’t often use this as a reward. Friends are almost always welcome in our home. We want a strong positive relationship with all friends.)
      • Going to a friends house (We only do this after we have met the friends and they have gained our trust.)
  • Young Kids (5-11)
    • Points/Gaining Stuff
      • We’ve used small point increments 1’s and 10’s.
        • 1 for positive behavior and -2 for negative behavior. (Always with the option earning half of the points back for accepting feedback! Plus the other half if they accept it really well and practice the desired behavior.)
      • We’ve also used coloring in raindrops on a sheet, collecting small tokens or pompoms and filling up a small jar.
      • Games where kids move their pieces forwards and backwards along the spaces.
      • These are all for instant gratification to quickly reward them and keep them motivated and working towards the larger reward that comes later.

Man that’s a long list.rewards systems

Like I said earlier, this is simply a list of things that I remember doing in the past with our foster kids. Some rewards worked better than others.

Make sure that you get your foster kids’ input before coming up with rewards. If they come up with the rewards they will work much harder to earn them. Also, be sure to follow the structure and system that we teach in the podcast and on the FREE 6 Step Guide Creating A Rewards Systems

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