Don’t forget to dangle the carrot! Often in order to engage a child in motivating them to do something you have to up the ante! (I’m not proud, I’ll do anything to get a kiddo to work for me). Remember it shouldn’t be a costly carrot, but rather a carrot that will engage their attention enough to want to work for the prize. I offer a certificate (easily made on my computer) with stars and the bells and whistles that looks an award (a shoe tying award that is). Perhaps a trip to get an ice cream, playing catch after dinner, playing a game together or 15 minutes later bedtime. Try to put yourself in the kid’s shoes and get to know what floats their boat. Remember it can take up to six weeks to create a habit!