non monetary rewards for teenager doing chores

Liz - posted on 08/19/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am trying to put together a reward chart for kids ages 13, 8 & 6 and it can't always be monetary have several good ideas for the younger ones but need a few for the teenager. Thanks

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Guest - posted on 08/19/2014

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Sometimes just the fact that the chore is done is the reward. For example, having clean clothes to wear is the reward for doing the laundry. Having dishes to eat on and a bug free home are the reward for washing the dishes. Having a clean room is the reward for keeping the bedroom clean.
For stuff they are doing to help you, not just take care of themselves, you could consider letting them earn time for something they like. I let my so earn one minute of video game/screen time for every minute he helps me wash the car. I like minute for minute in this case, as opposed to 30 minutes of time per extra chore or whatever, because it insures that he doesn't rush through the chore to play the game--he gets out of it what he puts in.

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Gardensparrow - posted on 08/20/2014

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Hi there~
Well, good for you for taking the initiative to put something like this together. And it's definitely a good idea not just to depend on monetary rewards. As far as some ideas, I don't know if your kids are into video or computer games? But I've read that you can state that the privilege of playing video games now has a price-or at least to a certain extent. For example, each week they can "purchase" small blocks of game time for various things they do/behaviors, etc., and they'll be different amounts of minutes for a variety of assignments. Or, you can give them points for different things and they can be cashed in for privileges/activities like going to movie/a special outing, etc. (there's some more on this in an article at http://bit.ly/1w9b0gX). So, just a couple suggestions. Hope they help!

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