We all need a little extra motivation sometimes right? For my kids it is a reward jar. I use mine specifically for practicing piano. My daughter would practice 10 hours a day if she could but sometimes becomes unfocused and isn't getting done what her teacher has assigned. My son has a bit of a different attitude. He wants to get it done as quickly as possible and wouldn't dream of doing more than his teacher assigned (a character trait we're working on). I wanted this activity to go more smoothly so I decided on the "reward jar".
I let them decorate it and they wrote "practice with a happy heart". Here's how it works...
They have to practice piano every day. If they go to the piano the first time I ask and practice with a happy heart they get to add a marble to the jar. If I have to remind them multiple times or they are practicing with a bad attitude they do not add a marble to the jar.
And what is the motivation? When the jar is full they get to pick dinner. Whatever they want!
Last time it was Hot Fudge Sundaes, cause that's how we roll.
So far this plan is working and it makes things much less stressful for all of us.
It also helps train the kids in the following...