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Gum, Gum, Gum! As a kid I have fond memories of the 25 cent packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum we use to get when we were really good at the grocery store with my mom. I was excited to find some new varieties of Juicy Fruit at my local Walmart that I could use to start fun new memories with my kids! #CollectiveBias Juicy Fruit will be having some neat demos at local Walmart locations July 25-27 from 11-4 and also August 1-3 from 11-4 (Friday and Saturday) and 1-6 (Sunday)! You have to check out their new fun yummy products for yourself!
My kids love chewing gum but don’t get it very often. I have found that gum can be a fabulous motivator for my kids! Here are some great ways to use it in your families #JuicyFruitFunSide:
5 Fun Ways to Motivate Your Kids with GUM
Bed Fairy: When I was growing up we had a bed fairy that would randomly stop by our house when we were off at school or out and about. He would check to see if we had made our bed and if we had a shiny quarter was left on our pillow. Now a quarter wouldn’t excite my kids all that much but a big piece of gum left on their pillow definitely would! I have to say the first time we did this there were a few tears from the unmade beds but now they are much more conscious of making their beds with out being told!! Win one for mom:)
Reading Chart: I am fortunate to have kids that like to read but they don’t always read the books I want them too. So I have made a list of 12 books that I want them to read this year (classics and books with good messages). When they complete the list they earn an entire container of gum. A whole container of 72 pieces all to themselves is the end all be all of prizes!!!
They can work on the list however fast they want. They can read one book a month off my list or hurry through and read all 12 at the beginning of the year but whenever it is complete the gum is theirs!!! You could adapt this to whatever fits your child. Maybe you just want them to read 12 books the end result is the same.
Grocery Store: Most of you know I have 6 kids and going to the grocery store can be a pain with all of them in tow but I have come up with a fool proof plan to make it go more smoothly!!! The most annoying thing to me is when my kids ask “Can we get that?” or “I want that?” multiply that times 6 and ANNOYING!! To combat against this I give my kids a big bubble blowing piece of gum before we go into the store and they are so busy and distracted chewing and blowing bubbles they don’t ask for anything! Woohoo another score for Mom!
3 Year Olds: Whoever named terrible 2’s definitely had never had a 3 year old!! I would say 3 year olds are by far the hardest age. They are stubborn, vocal and just don’t care what anyone thinks. On the other hand I have never found a 3 year old that wouldn’t do just about anything for a piece of gum! My particular 3 year old can be bribed oops I meant rewarded with a piece of gum for just about anything that stubborn little stinker doesn’t want to do. I say more power to anything that helps get 3 year olds to do what they need to do without total meltdown from mom and child!!!
School/Homework Helper: I homeschool and every kid has that subject that is not there favorite. For some its math or spelling or homework for kids that are in school all day long. I have found that if a child can get through their assignment without complaining, whining, or tears than a piece of gum is the perfect reward. Putting it on the table in front of them as a visual reminder helps too.
I would love to hear fun ways you motivate your kids! Please share:)