Child behavior modification is not easy. As parents, we want our children to do the things that keep them safe and healthy. If you have a child that has little to no interest in doing physical activities like sports, walking, riding a bike, etc., then it can be difficult for the child to maintain weight control and to stay healthy. Ideally you will find some activity the child likes to do. However, you may want to employ some type of reward system to get things kick-started. Here one such system is presented: “The Reward Bucks System.”
Perhaps even more effectively, this system can also be used as an overall behavior modification approach for your child. Clearly the basic idea is to encourage good behavior and discourage bad behavior. And most parents are doing this all the time – although the overwhelming tendency is to do more punishing than rewarding. But since rewarding is much more fun for everyone involved, and less likely to create conflict and strife in your family than constant punishment, perhaps we should all focus more on the reward side of the equation. We need to “catch our kids being good” and reinforce that behavior, maybe even more so than always trying to “catch them being bad.” For this purpose, the Reward Bucks System was developed to help parents focus more on rewards and less on punishment.
Life, for both adults and children, consists of rewards and punishment. Do something good, you get a reward; do something bad, you get punished. It doesn’t always work out that way, as we all know, but that is at least how it is supposed to work (and I think generally, it does work that way). And it is good to reinforce this concept with our children as early as we can, since it will certainly be in effect as soon as they enter school, if not earlier. Like many things in life, this concept is best if taught by the parents as soon as the child is developmentally ready. This depends on the child, but most children begin to be able to grasp this concept very well by age 5.