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Two Tip Tuesday #4: Surprise Rewards and Kids Bowl Free!

Missed my Tuesday newsletter this week? Here it is:

1.  Surprise Rewards are Better

Promising rewards in exchange for great behavior works sometimes, especially in the short term, but did you know there's a better way to change behavior in the long term?

Enter:  Surprise Rewards! 

When kids get a reward they weren't aiming for, they feel proud of themselves for being naturally awesome, which inspires them to keep being awesome - no carrot or stick required. So instead of saying, "If you're good this week, you'll get ice cream on Friday," try saying, "Hey, you had a great week. Let's celebrate with ice cream!!" Watch them puff up with pride and think, "Huh, I guess I am pretty awesome. I'll keep it up!"

Remember to keep it a surprise (as in: not every week )

woman and child holding bowling balls in front of the bowling alley

2.  Kids Bowl Free! 

Want a free ticket to cool days and fun times? Kids Bowl Free is a national program that lets kids bowl for free all summer. And if you're like me, you'll upgrade to the family pass so parents, babysitters, or grandparents can bowl for a one-time fee.

Okay, see ya next week!  And send me your bowling scores. They're probably better than mine.

❤️ Rachel

P.S. There may be affiliate links in these posts, but I only recommend things that I use and love.  For example:  Next week is free #lifeskillsnow camp, which we LOVE If you haven't signed your kids up yet, use this MAGIC LINK.


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