In most homes games are on computer, consoles, tablets and phones and at some point or another, you have allowed your child to play these games.Your child most likely found enjoyment in gaming.
Before we talk about ways, it can be an award system we must consider who pays for purchasing of new games, hardware, etc. Children, of course, do not work and make money. As parents, we are responsible or that part. So a wise choice may be to discuss how new games will be obtained.
Here are some ideas
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- Collect dirty dishes after a mean
- Take dirty clothes to laundry area
- Empty Garbage on a weekly basis
- Water Plants
- Feed Pets
- Sweep or Vacuum floors
Doing extra chores can be a great way to earn extra money
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- So working out how much money will be given for each chore will be fun too. The kids can have a gaming jar and upon your discretion you decide how much you will match.
- For example, if the child has a done a great job, and nothing requires touch up, and then you could match their .50 cents for taking out the trash. Just image a new game cost between $40 and $60 if your child wants this game he may be able to purchase it within a month or so.
- A new console is wanted it may take up to 12 months to build up the funds, unless the parent wants to donate a percentage of the total cost depending on behavior and chore quality.
Rewarding with Game Play
Children who love games and playing them will find this rewarding. Just remember to keep your expectation realistic to your child’s age. Also, children around the age of 3 start to understand the reward system. With young kids, rewards may need to be more immediate while an older child will better understand the concept.
Here are some Ideas
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- Bringing home the grades B or above
- Listening to instructions and following directions the first time
- Keep a chart of good behavior for game night.
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As parents, we want our children to have healthy gaming habits. We want children to benefit from all the skills that gaming has to offer. Do you have a question on how to improve gaming for your child? Leave a comment below or send me an email at Sarah@parentsguidetogaming.com I’d be happy to address it write my next post on your question.
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