Should You Give Kids Rewards for Good Behavior? (Weekend Reading)

Rewards for Good Behavior - Stickers

Linda Ranson Jacobs is a good friend. She has been a mentor and you’ll find many of her articles and insights here on Hope 4 Hurting Kids. One of the positions she holds very strongly that gets an awful lot of feedback is that rewards based behavior system do not work. She has written a couple of articles about it on her blog at DC4K:

A Class Without Stickers! Are You Kidding Me? (Part 1)

and

A Class Without Stickers! Are You Kidding Me? (Part 2)

Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion

  • Do you use rewards based systems in your ministry? In your home?
  • What has been your experience?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the assessment that rewards based systems do not work?
  • What do see as the advantages of rewards based systems?
  • What do you see as the disadvantages?
  • Have you ever used the celebrations Linda suggests in the article?
Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne started I Am A Child of Divorce to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. You can reach Wayne at wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.