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Dec 15

CWIST helps you incentivize behavioral change in your kids

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CWIST. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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All kids have things that we’d rather they wouldn’t do.  Heck, so do adults!  However, it’s our parental duty to shape our kids into the best people they can be.  Sometimes that involves a lot more work than just telling them to not do this or do that.  CWIST has developed a new platform to help you track changes in your children’s behavior and grant them rewards or “wishes” when they achieve their goals.  The name is the idea  of giving your child “a challenge..with a twist!”

I explained the site and the premise to my 7 and 5 year old kids.  I told them that if they stopped fighting with each other so much, they’d get to stay up one hour later one day.  These two are sometimes nice to each other but sometimes get into fights, mostly when they’re tired.  So, as the CWIST I set up suggested, our goal was to aim for a drama-free morning, since it was a short block of time to aim for (usually less than an hour until my daughter gets on her bus).  The CWIST was one that was premade for us and offered suggestions for keeping track of the progress on this goal.  I chose to just gently remind them of their goal and that stopped the fighting.

Here’s a screenshot of our CWIST:

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Not only is CWIST helping your children achieve their goals, but they’re helping make the holidays brighter for other children.  The Kids CWIST for Kids Holiday Giving program lets you pick a CWIST and then donate a toy to a child through the website instead of your child getting a wish fulfilled.  They provide the child, the gift they would like, the websites they work with, and the CWISTs.  It’s pretty easy – we picked learning about the spirit of Christmas (I think, I honestly can’t remember and now I can’t find the completed CWIST to confirm).  We read some things online and discussed about giving to others.  I told them that I like to give better than I like to receive (it’s true!).  They kind of just looked at me.  But the cool thing was that after we completed the CWIST, we were done early enough that CWIST paid for the gift to the child we had picked!  We learned a bit and helped out a child – cool!

I think this site works better for older kids that can read, as my 5 year old needed everything read to him.  I was also  little annoyed that I couldn’t find our completed CWIST but I think that may be because it was part of the special program.  Otherwise, I like the premise behind the site that wishes can be anything, from a tangible item to a special event or privilege.  I would like to see more of a focus on this type of reward, as I think all families could use a little nudge towards spending more time with each other.  This would also help spur on more behavioral changes in your kids and keep the positive feedback cycle going.

Check out CWIST for yourself.  Explore the site and you’ll probably find a CWIST and wish that are perfect for your child!  You can also find out more by visiting CWIST on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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3 comments

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    Elisebet F

    I’ve never heard of anything like this before! Sounds a lot better than the sticker charts (you know, you lose a sticker if you’re mean, etc.). My son is too young, but I think my nephews might benefit from this. I’ll mention it to my SIL, thanks!

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    Alisha Kostiuk

    Brilliant. We could use a bicker free morning here, my kids are usually fighting over the bathroom down to who is in whose way to get on the bus.

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    Emily

    Bicker Blocker! I love it! I need to set it up for my husband and son! 🙂

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