Offering incentives to your child can help them achieve their goals. Often, knowing there is something to
look forward to can help your child put forth some extra effort.
Incentives can be offered in small steps, such as trading screen time for hours spent studying.
Alternatively, one big incentive can be offered when an SAT goal score is achieved. Here are four creative
ideas that can be offered as a big incentive.
Don’t just offer to give your child cash. Instead offer to relieve them of a financial responsibility they
usually have. You could pay for gas for the summer or offer them a gift card to their favorite store. You
could get them an iTunes or Amazon gift card that they could look at while they study, but not use until
after the exam.
2) An Experience
Offer to do something crazy with your child. Think about sky diving, surfing or playing at an open mic night
with your child. Not only will you be rewarding your child, but you will be creating a memory together.
Make sure this incentive is something you know your child will enjoy and they know moves you well
beyond your comfort zone.
If your child is required to do specific chores around the house, you can let them have some time off.
Offer them a specific amount of time of from all chores such as no chores for 2 weeks or a longer time off
from one chore, such as no dishes for the whole summer. If you offer this incentive, make sure the whole
family is on board. You don’t want other children feeling like they are picking up the slack. You can also
make it clear that they will be offered a similar reward when it is their turn for the SAT.
4) Social Celebration
Offer your child an opportunity to do something with a group of friends. It could be a camping trip, a dinner
out, or a trip to an amusement park. Let them pick the activity, and offer to take your child and a few of
their friends. Your child will look forward to celebrating their hard work.
Be creative and find an incentive that you know will inspire your child and help them look forward to the
days when the exam is over. Offering a fun incentive can be exciting for both you and your child and will
help them work hard to achieve their SAT goals.
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