Expensive (over $20)
More than an hour
Next time your child is begging you for that new toy or gadget, talk about the value of working hard to earn something that you really want. Then come up with a list of chores or tasks that your child can complete to earn that shiny new object. Make sure to distinguish between the things that your child should do every day as a contributing member of the family, such as making his bed or setting the table, and these “extra” tasks that are specifically for the purpose of earning a reward. Track progress in the form of a reward chart or put money for completed tasks into a special piggy-bank or other “saving place.” When the reward is earned, make a big celebration about of the completion of the work and earning the reward.