Behavior modification is based on a very simple premise: if a
behavior is rewarded, it generally increases. The
Ticket Store Game ($24.95) utilizes this powerful principle to help motivate
kids to do what you ask them to, the first time you ask. When you
ask your child to do something and he does it the first time, he
earns three tickets. If you have to remind him once, he only earns
two tickets, etc. He collects his tickets in a Bank that he can
decorate. At the parents' discretion, he can visit the Ticket Store
to purchase privileges or items, such as ½ hour of TV, time
with mom or dad, a special treat, or whatever is motivating for
him. This type of behavior modification is called a token economy,
because the tokens become reinforcing in and of themselves as soon
as the child learns he can trade the tokens for things they like.
The Ticket Store Game comes with everything you need to get started,
including the tickets, banks, store, and even the string and Velcro.
Detailed instructions are printed on the back of the box. For a
preview, read them at: http://www.ticketstoregame.com/Complete_Instructions.pdf .
We liked the overall concept of The Ticket
Store Game. It's tough
to go wrong with behavior modification. It's a sound psychological
principle because it's a sound Biblical principle. Both Old and
New Testaments refer over and over to reaping what you sow and
being rewarded for your faith and your godly behavior. The materials
are bright and colorful to keep kids' interest level high. Once
they figure out the tickets can buy things they enjoy, the battle
is half over. The system is reasonably easy to use and could quickly
be integrated into your daily routine. Wouldn't it be nice to have
your kids brush their teeth or take out the trash before you even
asked? This game might be just the ticket to encourage wonderful
behavior in your kids!