A real-life game that acts as an incentive program to teach kids responsibility, values, family unity, and cooperation.
Your kids will whistle while they work!
Kids love it. You can do it. It works.
Lost, frustrated, feeling out of control as a parent?
Wish there was more love and family
unity in your home?
Want to know what makes your kids tick and
how to motivate them?
Want them to whistle while they work and
help out around the house?
KUDOS FOR KIDS® IS
So what is the Kudos For Kids® System? It’s more than just another job chart!
It is a wacky combination of values teaching, love building, goal setting, budgeting and a job chart all wrapped up in a fun game. It focuses on rewarding the positive and helps parents be purposeful in their parenting. It is easy for parents and will completely change the environment and relationships in your home.
Kudos for Kids® is more than just a job chart!
It is a comprehensive but easy to use incentive system for kids.
The Kudos for Kids system is an easy way to implement the principles and skills you learn on the Kudos for Families podcast, website and in the on-line courses. You can start with one component at a time and add others when you need them. It can be as simple or as comprehensive as you’d like!
You will need one Kudos for Kids Kit (ages 5-12) or Kudos for Tots Kit* (ages 3-4) for each child in your home and just one household kit per home.
Scroll down for more info about each aspect of the Kudos for Kids System…
Along with everything you need to set up the program, your purchase includes valuable parent resources!
With your purchase of a chart and household kit, you will receive a code to access the Kudos for Kids® online video course free (normally $97). The course will explain the basics of the system and help you set it up in your home. It consists of video tutorials, explanations, printables, and more.
Busy parent, with no extra time?
We get it! Being a parent is super taxing and we know parents are crazy busy! Trust us when we say it doesn’t take long to set up the system and once you do, it won’t require much of your time on a daily basis. You will pick weekly household jobs for each child at the beginning of the week and each evening you take a few quick minutes to process the day, give out an award and pick two jobs for each child to do the next day. Then at the end of the week, you have a quick budgeting session with your kids.
Once the system is set up, with just a few minutes each evening to close out the day and multiple opportunities to quickly reward your kids during the day for positive behavior, YOUR HOME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
Parents want kids to take more responsibility for themselves:
“Sometimes I’m too laid back so maybe I should push them more. For example, make sure they practice their instruments every day and things like that.”
“I’d like to be better about allowing my children to make their own choices/mistakes.”A.R.
“I reward too much without making my kids earn it. Therefore, they are very unappreciative.”S.G.
“I do too many things for my kids because it is easier than making them do it.”A.R.
The Kudos for Kids Answer is My Stuff Cards
The My Stuff part of the game is a set of 20 personal responsibility cards which hang on a ring and attach to a lanyard. The kids get up in the morning, put the lanyard on and go about, on their own, doing their personal responsibilities such as making their bed and packing their lunch. There are also cards on the lanyard for personal responsibilities that need to be done after school and before bed such as doing homework, practicing an instrument and getting to bed on time. There is no nagging or reminding because doing the “My Stuff” cards is tied into the rewards component of the game.
Did you hear that? They take care of their own stuff without you reminding, nagging, begging, forcing or arm wrestling them!!!
Parents want kids to do more around the house and learn to work:
“If I could change one thing, it would be more willingness from children to help with household chores.”S.V.
“I would like my children to be more willing to help.”J.M.
“I wish we could work hard together.”W.H.
“I get frustrated and would like to know how to best involve the kids in work around the house.”J.M.
“I would like my family to work more together and have more fun together.”A.R.
The Kudos for Kids Answer is Jobs Cards
This is where the Job Cards come in! Job cards are all the house cleaning and chores the parents want done around the house, like emptying the dishwasher, caring for pets, mopping the floor and vacuuming. Each day, every child in the house is given two jobs to do. Sammy might get “Set the Table” and “Dust the Furniture” for his Daily Jobs. Each child also gets two jobs he or she is responsible for the week. Jill might get “Feed the Dog” and “Bring in the Mail” for her Weekly Jobs. Weekly Jobs are done each day for a week by the child.
Believe it or not, they will be begging you for more work to do! Oh yes, this happens!
Parents want their kids to stop fighting, get along, and build each other up.
“If I could change anything about the family relationships in my home, I would like to see my kids stop fighting amongst themselves.”P.P.
“I would like better ability for siblings to negotiate and solve problems amongst themselves without resulting in fighting.”J.B.
“I want more kindness and less contention in my home.”K.P.
“I want better conflict resolution and acceptance of others' thoughts and feelings that may be different than your own.”A.R.
“In my home, I want to see more open discussions about feelings and thoughts.”V.P.
“It would be nice if we could always be kind and to always be builders.”T.M.
“I want more kindness and patience with one another.”A.F.
The Kudos for Kids Answer is Heart to Heart Value Cards
In order to improve family spirit, unity, love, and positive interaction, we have the Heart to Heart values component of the game. This consists of a pack of 21 cards that parents use to teach values. Let’s say your kids are only thinking about themselves and exhibit lots of selfishness (no way, not my kids!). Pick a value card from the deck and hang it on your kids’ charts. When they see the card, they know they will be especially rewarded for any behavior that exhibits that value.
But what motivates the kids?
Kudo Kash and
a whole boatload
Kids are rewarded all day long for positive behaviors, doing their “My Stuff” and “Job” cards because they receive Kudo Kash. Kudo Kash is fake money that turns into real money when it is time to buy something at the store. They are also rewarded non-monetarily with privileges they earn like game system time, staying up late, skipping a chore, and getting a burger with mom or dad. The privileges they are earning used to just be handed out freely and now they are working for them. Your home becomes a positive, happy environment where good behavior is rewarded and thus increases.
Not to worry though, even with your kids begging for work and having a good attitude to get Kudo Kash, you won’t become poor. How is that possible? Well, think of all the things you buy for and provide for your children….As part of the game, you are basically having them pay for the things you are already buying for them and that they normally take for granted. Instead of you giving the merchant the money for the cool toothpaste your child wants, your child is paying for it. You are using the same money but your child is the hard-working, earning middleman! If you want to see your kids truly excited, stand next to them at the checkout counter as they hand you the Kudo Kash and you hand the cashier your debit card. Of course, you (a little loudly), let the cashier and everyone around, know that your kid earned ALL the money for the fish she is buying along with the food and the bowl. Watch her puff up with pride.
You give money————to the merchant———-and get the product (which your kid takes for granted)
On the Kudos System:
You give money——-to your hard-working kid——who gives it to the merchant——to get the product (and your kid appreciates it).
Finally, the most coveted award of the entire game
The Kudo King Award
The Kudo King award is the ultimate award of the game! At the end of each day, the parent gathers the children around and announces who the Kudo King of the day is. In order to be Kudo King, the child must first have completed all of their My Stuff and Job cards for the day. Then, they must also have done all they were asked to do, been kind to everyone and have gone above and beyond to get the award. Only one child can get the award each day. As soon as the Kudo King of the day is announced, the time starts for earning it the next day so the kids who didn’t earn the reward are on their best behavior lest they lose the chance for the reward the next day.
The child who earned the award gets a Kudo King card that he hangs on his chart and saves to spend on privileges and also he gets to play the Kudo King game! Mom or dad fan out a deck of 13 cards facing away from the child and so the child can choose a card and then redeem later. Some of the cards are Vacation, Skip a Job, Treat Bucket and Wild Card.