Reward Kids with Things Apart from Food

 

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Why We Shouldn’t Use Food as a Reward for Kids

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(HealthDay News) Food shouldn’t be used as a reward to encourage good behavior in children, experts say. Children should learn that food is to fuel the body, not an indulgence. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these alternatives: Having a play date with friends. Getting a. Using food as a reward or as a punishment, however, can undermine the healthy eating habits that you’re trying to teach your children.

Giving sweets, chips, or soda as a reward often leads to children overeating foods that are high in sugar, fat, and empty calories. (Rewarding with favorite foods can actually be a bad idea, because it reinforces that there’s a hierarchy to the food pyramid—that sugary treats are. Small goodie bags with stickers/activities given out to classmates. Each kid is given supplies to a make small craft together. Birthday card (s) made by the other students.

Popcorn birthday parties (popcorn is a whole-grain food) served in “popcorn. Directed Draws – Art matters and there is never enough time for it!Directed draws are the perfect reward for awesome choices. From turkeys to snowmen to Dr.

Seuss, we are all about showcasing our listening and art skills!; Guest Readers – From. Other Tangible (-ish) Reward Ideas. Especially when it comes to younger kids, there are all sorts of little small tokens, trinkets, and toys that get them really excited. Plus, there are so activities they love, many of which you can do together. (That makes it a reward for them AND you!).

Material rewards include toys, candy, or other things that cost money. Another type of reward is a social reward. Social rewards are cheap or free and can be even more powerful than material rewards. They also can be given more often and immediately after behaviors you like.

Rewards are recognition for a job well done. And while descriptive praise and attention are the most effective form of reward a parent can offer a child, tangible rewards. Food does undermine your efforts, so always choose ways to reward yourself that don’t involve eating.

What works as a reward should be inspiring to you; otherwise, it won’t compel you to stick to your program. Here are 50 ideas to get you started (arranged from least expensive or time-consuming to most): Give yourself permission to take a nap. Similarly, when foods, such as sweets, are used as a reward, children may assume that these foods are better or more valuable than other foods.

For example, telling children that they will get.

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You may not believe in giving food as rewards, but little treats can be a quick and simple type of reward for a young child, whether it’s a lollipop or a snack-size bag of crackers or cookies.

“Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say
from Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” and Parents Say “Way to Go”
by John S. March, Christine M. Benton
Guilford Publications, 2006

Rewards provide positive reinforcement, and also serve as a measuring stick for how well the child is doing.

“Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment” by Carolyn Handler Miller
from Digital Storytelling: A Creator’s Guide to Interactive Entertainment
by Carolyn Handler Miller
Focal Press, 2004

This practice may become a habit, and the child may continue to use food as a reward, a comfort, and a means of dealing with depression or hostility.

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from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Parents can instead be taught to implement reinforcement programs that rely more on direct tangible rewards for the child, such as snacks, favorite drinks, stickers, or small toys to supplement parental use of attention and affection as rewards.

“Defiant Children: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training” by Russell A. Barkley
from Defiant Children: A Clinician’s Manual for Assessment and Parent Training
by Russell A. Barkley
Guilford Publications, 2013

Food should never be used as a reward or bribe; otherwise, the child will continue to use food as a means to manipulate the environment and the behavior of others.

“Broadribb's Introductory Pediatric Nursing” by Nancy T. Hatfield
from Broadribb’s Introductory Pediatric Nursing
by Nancy T. Hatfield
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003

Likewise, children are more willing to wait for food rewards when asked to think about the rewards abstractly (e.g., think of pretzels as logs and marshmallows as clouds).

“The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Volume 2” by John H. Kagel, Alvin E. Roth
from The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Volume 2
by John H. Kagel, Alvin E. Roth
Princeton University Press, 2020

Children are rewarded with food for good behavior or denied food for punishment from an early age.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

This article begins with an apt warning that children can become hooked on rewards rather than on what we are trying to get them to do.

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from Punished by Rewards: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes
by Alfie Kohn
HMH Books, 1999

Reward systems are most effective when the child has input about the rewards that he will receive.

“The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child” by Richard Lavoie
from The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child
by Richard Lavoie
Atria Books, 2008

Have the child set his or her own reward system.

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  • I may have done this once or twice but recently suggested the m&m for potty training. I’m so glad I watched this…I like the idea of using something other than food for rewards! thanks for sharing.

  • Not going to lie, I would think this would be a scam too. If I were in this situation, I would keep in mind the amount of money I had and show my child the toys I could afford and know how much I was spending before I got to the cash register.