Have you ever used a reward system with your kids before?
We used a basic reward system for Evie when she was potty training and without it I don’t think we would have potty trained her as quickly as we did. When she was finished though, we never used it again and I have no idea why we didn’t.
Two months ago Amie from Little Humbug got in touch and asked me if I’d like to review one of her beautiful reward systems. To be honest, I hadn’t even considered the idea that a reward chart might be good to use as part of our everyday life. But, I figured I’d give it a go to see what would happen.
I certainly didn’t think the Little Humbug reward system would have such an impact on our lives. But, I can officially say that it has. To quite a large extent! Even though Evie has never been a bad child (although she hints at being a threenager on occasion), the Little Humbug reward system has really helped her to develop new good habits and to stop bad ones.
But, what I’m most surprised about, is that the reward system has also helped to completely change my attitude as a Mum.
If you’ve been considering using a reward system with your kids, or if you’re unsure what the benefits of them are, here are some reasons why they are amazing:
5 Reasons To Use A Little Humbug Reward System With Your Kids
- Reward charts help to reinforce good behaviours
- They can help to introduce new routines and habits (like potty training)
- They help to curb bad behaviours
- Reward charts remind you to praise your child (something I was terrible at remembering to do)
- They stop you from using bribes and remind you to reward instead (again, something I was terrible for)
Little Humbug Reward System
You need to go and take a peek at all the reward systems that ‘Little Humbug’ have. They are so adorable! We chose a rainbow shaped reward system, but there are lots of colourful and fun Little Humbug designs to choose from. You’re bound to find one that suits your child’s personality.
You can get hot air balloons, bird houses, rainbows in different colours, clouds and jars. You can even get a ‘first milestone’ jar, so that you can document any of your babies firsts. This would be such a lovely gift for new parents.
Evie has a pastel themed room, so we asked to review the pastel coloured rainbow so it would match. Amie also adds your kids name to the Little Humbug Reward Systems, to make them even more special.
Each reward system comes with 9 matching acrylic tokens. As Evie had the rainbow, hers came with clouds, but you can choose from hearts, stars and other fun shapes dependant on what you prefer. Each reward system also comes with a little acrylic token in the shape of a pot of gold. It’s so cute and perfect for giving as the ‘final’ reward token.
I love that the tokens are all acrylic, so you can write on them with a board marker, wipe them and reuse! I love doing this when we’re not trying to reinforce the ‘same’ behaviour, so Evie can read back on the 10 reasons why she was really good.
Using A Little Humbug Reward System
There are so many ways you can use a ‘Little Humbug’ reward system. Amie, the founder of ‘Little Humbug’, actually used her first jar to help her daughter Ella with potty training. The incentive of receiving a star to put in her very own jar helped Amie to potty train Ella in no time at all.
But, there are so many other ways you can use these reward systems; from rewarding good behaviour, to encouraging your kids to clean their teeth everyday.
We’ve been using the Little Humbug Reward system for two months now and we’ve had several successes. We wanted to use our rainbow system to help Evie to develop new habits and also to help stop tantrums.
We are pleased to say, that thanks to the reward system, Evie now gets dressed everyday without a fuss. Before this was something that was always a huge issue for us – think toddler tantrums all the time. We’ve also used it to change how Evie approaches bed time. Again, there used to be a lot of tantrums but now Evie goes to bed completely fuss free.
Another thing we’ve been doing is randomly rewarding Evie’s good behaviour with a token. This is to try and encourage Evie to keep it up and also to encourage me to remember to praise the good, instead of focusing on just the bad behaviour.
We tend to empty Evie’s rainbow when its completely filled with tokens, but some people like to empty theirs daily. For us, Evie knows that when her rainbow is full, she gets a reward.
We’ve tried not to go ‘overboard’ with Evie’s rewards, just because we can’t sustain buying her amazing things each time she gets to ten.
Sometimes her reward is getting to choose what we do on our family day out. Other times it’s getting to choose what we have for dinner, or what family film we’re getting to watch. One time though, she was very lucky and got a big reward in the form of a new Rapunzel doll. This was a reward for going to bed completely fuss free, ten nights in a row.
If you haven’t yet got a reward system for your kids, I honestly cannot recommend them enough. The Little Humbug Reward System really has helped our family no end and it has completely changed how I am as a Mum.
I’ve realised that before, I put a lot of focus on bad behaviour and not enough on rewarding the good.
Since using the Little Humbug Reward System, I honestly feel so much happier as a Mum and Evie is happier too. She has changed a lot in two short months. She’s developed some amazing new habits and I have to say, I feel so much more relaxed and a lot less frustrated on an everyday basis, which in turn has bought us closer together.
My favourite thing about these reward systems, is that they can be used for years and years to come. As Evie gets older the rewards will change and what we use the system for will change, but I love that it will grow with us as a family. Thank you so much Amie for sending us this reward system to review. We love it!
To see more reward systems like ours, head over to the ‘Little Humbug‘ website.
Would you ever use a reward chart or reward system? What do you think of the ‘Little Humbugs’ Reward Charts? Let me know in the comments below.
*We were sent this little reward chart to review. All opinions are honest and my own.