This post on how to Engage Your Children in Positive Behaviors with CWIST was written as part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CWIST. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
As much as I’d love to share that the boys are all self-motivated and act responsibly, I can’t. Unless it is something like ‘reaching the next level of my favorite video game’ or ‘scoring some yummy dessert’, the boys all lack that internal drive to accomplish something. So, a little outside motivation is in order. CWIST is an online channel I recently discovered and am excited about using with my younger boys.
Engage Your Children in Positive Behaviors with CWIST
CWIST allows parents or educators to create and assign learning challenges for the kids. These challenges, known as CWISTS, can be on the educational side (e.g. learn about the history of Christmas) or help a child to engage in positive behaviors their parent or educator wants to see (e.g. learning to chew with your mouth closed instead of open.)
At this time, CWIST is set up for kids ages 5 to 12. I did fudge and added my 4 and 13 year olds in addition to my 10 year old.
While there are many ready to select CWISTS shared by other users, you can also set up your own custom CWIST that can be made public. I did this for my 4 year old by creating one to bake cookies with mom which has a link to the Snickerdoodles recipe they love. His reward? Getting to enjoy the cookies with mom!
As I mentioned, my boys need that carrot dangling on the stick in front of them to get things done. CWIST allows the parent to select what that carrot will be and how many CWISTS need to be done to earn the reward. There are actual products that can be purchased by the parent through CWIST if your child needs truly tangible rewards. But, there is also the option to create custom rewards (e.g. dinner at your favorite restaurant, dessert, stay up one hour past normal bedtime, etc.)
Considering this time of year finds our family with a tight budget, I love the ability to reward the boys with something that costs little. However, I am seriously considering using CWIST as a way to track long term improvement in areas (e.g. chores) and allowing them to earn a prize from the incredible selection.
Help Others While You Engage Your Children in Positive Behaviors with CWIST
CWIST has launched their Kids CWIST For Kids program. This multi-week giving campaign gives children the opportunity to complete learning challenges to give gifts to kids in need. All the steps you need to take to get set up are on the CWIST Holiday page.
Once you’ve selected the child, you can pick who will benefit (which has indication of gender, age and what they like.) Then you select what your child needs to do for the recipient to receive their gift.
As I want the boys to remember how important it is to give back to others, the CWIST selected for the holiday promotion involves volunteering and finding other ways to help others in our local community. They haven’t finished it yet, but at the end a young boy should be receiving his desired football.
Using CWIST in our home is still pretty much brand new, but I am optimistic that it will provide some help in my parenting as I work to engage my children in positive behaviors.
What are some ways that you’ve helped your children learn to help others?
Do your children need those ‘carrots’ to get them moving in the right direction, too?