Wanted: Good Character – How to Motivate Your Kids

Rewards are powerful motivators for our kids to do the right thing–especially rewards that are linked to things they like and are interested in. Proverbs 10:6 says, “Blessings crown the head of the righteous…” Would you like your kids to begin taking the initiative to do things without being asked? Then get creative! Make up some “Wanted” posters and put them up around the house. Write what you WANT to see them do along with the REWARD (or the blessing) they’ll receive for taking the initiative to do it.

Example 1:

WANTED: Kid caught in a random act of kindness to a sibling.
REWARD: You choose the movie everyone watches, or the dessert for Friday family night.

Example 2:

WANTED: Kid brushing the dog even when it’s not on the chore list.
REWARD: You choose the restaurant for our next family outing, or play a board game of your choice with Mom/Dad.

Example 3:

WANTED: Kid caught cleaning up to help someone in the family.
REWARD: You get an extra story book before bed, or a stop over to play at a friend’s house after school.

Make this “Wanted / Reward” concept fun, fresh, and interesting by putting up a poster in each room of the house and changing the rewards every month or so.

The list of creative ways to teach and motivate children is seemingly unending. Ask the Lord to show you what is going to work best for each of your children at their individual age and situation. He knew each of them before He formed and “wired” them in the womb (see Jeremiah 1:5). Consequently, He knows exactly what is needed to motivate them to do right.


  1. Lina says:

    Those are adorable! I’m trynig to think of some sort of system for getting stuff done around here…like a chore chart or something. This may be helpful – thanks :)

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