January 26, 2016

How to Get Kids Motivated and Focused

If you're like me, you're tired of bargaining, cajoling and begging your child to listen and do what they're told. It feels like a daily power struggle to get even the simplest task completed. Now, I've been introduced to KidCash, which takes reward and sticker charts to the next level. We're on our way to revolutionizing how behavior is handled in our house.

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KidCash is an incentive system designed to motivate kids to want to have positive behavior. It takes abstract concepts and makes them more concrete so kids can understand them. At the same time, it encourages communication with parents and teaches kid how to manage money. It comes in a box set of bank books. instructions, various types of KidCash The various types of cash are marked for specific things: gifts, candy, activities, devices or savings. That way, kids know exactly what incentive they're working toward. For the little ones like M2 who aren't reading yet, each type is color coded and has a different picture in the center.

To get started, all you do is set an allowance schedule, then let your kids earn bonus bounty, get violations and use their dollars. At the end of the day, meet with your child to discuss the day and hand out their cash. Help them to set up goals for the next day. That way, they're getting daily feed back and positive reinforcement along with some one-on-one time with you. Be sure to set up your rules worksheet so that the kids know what they need to do to earn cash and what violations cause them to lose it.

With the allowance, you set how much KidCash they'll get and when for each kind, along with how much they'll need to purchase their reward. Kids can earn extra cash with bonus bounty, which is where you assign a chore or task along with how much they'll earn if they complete it. There are so many ways to apply the bonus bounty to fit your needs, including The Fairy Told Me, the Hole in One, the Mailbox and many more. What happens if your child is getting in trouble? Not listening to you? Issue a violation ticket. The first is a warning, any after that will cost them some of their cash.

Since kids are saving up their cash in order to earn different rewards, they're learning about how money works. Each day during your talk, you help your child to fill out their bank book to track how much they have of each type of cash and what they've spent. Additionally, they're learning about delayed gratification and how not everything in life is instantaneous.

Kids as young as 2 years old can start using KidCash. It's really adaptable for any age and you can apply it based on your child's ages and needs. With younger kids, you can use the bank book and money to teach them counting. You can help the older ones learn about earning interest on money by allowing them to have an interest rate and a schedule of interest.

For special-needs children like M2, KidCash is a great way to work with them on behavior in a creative way that will keep their interest. The usual sticker charts don't keep M2's attention. She loves collecting and carrying around papers (many autistic kids do) so the cash earned with the KidCash method suits her well. As with other kids her age, she likes to copy what mom does, which includes keeping the cash in her purse and spending it on things. That makes KidCash perfect for keeping her engaged, learning and encouraged to have good behavior.

The decision making that comes into play is also extra important for spsecial-needs kids. It gives M2 the chance to learn more real-world scenarios that can be applied for future lessons as well. Turning her behavior into choices and deciding how to spend her money gives M2 a better feeling of control. They're working with you to make choices and set up their goals, rather than feeling as though everything is dictated to them and they have no power. When you already feel out of control at times because of autism, having something like KidCash boosts confidence.

I love how the KidCash site breaks down all the accepts of the kit to give you different suggestions, ideas and all the support you need to make it effective for your situation. You're not left on your own to figure it all out. The manual that comes with it is helpful, easy to understand and sets you on the right course, too. I don't know about you, but I hate when a product makes the directions long, complicated and nearly impossible to understand, so I love how KidCash is set up.

Everything about KidCash is adaptable. There's no real, "You absolutely must do it this way," which is awesome. Since M2 is younger, we keep KidCash simple for her. We're using the slow buildup approach ourselves. We work on just a couple behaviors at a time -- such as listening to what she's told, sitting to eat her dinner and daily chore of putting her dirty clothes away. Too many things to do at once would overwhelm her. Every day, we go over what she needs to do to earn her cash for the day by telling a story. Rather than giving her a violation after one warning, she gets two. We give her the cash she's earned immediately, rather than having her wait longer since for her. So if she does something good, like listens the first time, she'll earn her cash. This works better for her since she won't care anymore about it as much or connect it with the behavior anymore if we wait too long. This allowance method (there are many) is the Immediate Reward. There's also the Daily Pay Out, the Auction and others. The money is kept with each kind in it's own little baggie, kept pinned to the bulletin board in the kitchen where she can easily see it, along with her allowance schedule, bounty and violation pages. It helps to remind her that it's all there.

As soon as M2 saw the box, she wanted to open it up. Once she actually saw what was inside, she was all over it wanting to do it. She gets excited to spend the colorful money to get things that she wants. It's really helping her to learn that behavior has consequences, whether they're good or bad. I'm working with her so she stops to think about her behavior, which can give time for her brain to reset, focusing on the KidCash rather than whatever it is that's upsetting her. It's not always perfect, but like anything, it takes time, patience and effort. KidCash sets the foundation for us to build off. Really, it's almost like behavior therapy for M2. Her therapists have suggested various things in the past that KidCash helps us to incorporate and apply more easily in daily life. So far, we're really liking the progress we're making and are hoping it continues.

Now that you know more about KidCash, it's time to try it out for yourself! Buy the kit online to get your child started on the road to positive behavior and money education.

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  1. I like how it is adaptable

  2. It sounds interesting! I like that it is motivational.


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