Or she was chosen Stu-
dent of the Week for her good behavior.
Setting goals and reaching them is one of the best ways to motivate children. Sometimes, just reaching the goal is enough. But other things call for a special celebration. So when your child reaches a tough goal, let everyone share in her success.
Here are some fun ideas:
• Take a picture. Photograph your child as she achieves the goal. Get a picture of her crossing the finish line. Or snap a shot of her holding the science fair project.
If you don’t have a camera, ask your child to draw a picture. Frame it and put it by your child’s bed. That way, every time she wakes up, she’ll see an image of herself as an achiever. When you replace the picture, put it in a special photo album.
• Keep a journal. Buy your child a special goals journal. As she works toward each goal, have her write it in the book. She might list the goal, the date she achieved it and any thoughts.
• Plan a special surprise. Write a note offering your child some small reward. It might be a trip to the ice cream parlor or a chance to invite a friend over.
On the other side of the paper, write the goal your child wants to achieve. Now roll up the paper and put it into a balloon. Tell your child that when she reaches her goal, you’ll pop the balloon together.
• Make a victory dinner. Get out your good dishes. Cook your child’s favorite foods. Decorate the table. Have a special family dinner to celebrate your child’s success.
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