Still looking for a holiday gift for the kids on your list? How about a gift that will keep delighting your child month after month?
Playtime is an essential mark of childhood - wide open days with nothing to do but build forts, ride bikes, play tea party, and tromp through the outdoors alongside neighborhood buddies. Children of all ages grow and learn life skills such as problem solving, flexible thinking, and creative initiation when they are given time to freely choose activities and experiment with open-ended play.
Parents often fear bribing their children to do things and ending up with a child who expects to be paid every time they are told to clean up their bedroom or do their homework. Should parents reward their child for things that are somewhat aversive or punish them for not doing those things? It may be helpful to first ask, "Is there a difference between rewards and punishments?" The long answer is yes, but the more practical answer is not really.