Goally is a fantastic device that works wonders for so many families. It can help your child gain independence, reduce fights between you and your kiddo, and make your day to day life more manageable and enjoyable. With that being said, if your child no interest in picking up and using their Goally, it is incredibly unlikely that Goally will be able to anything positive much live up to it’s potential as a life-changing device. Getting your child to enjoy using Goally is an absolutely vital step that can not be overlooked or taken for granted. Knowing this, we at Goally, created a 3 part series “Ensuring Success” that talks about strategies to make sure your child loves using Goally. This Post is a combination of all 3 parts, "Customizing and Decorating Your Goally” - “Effectively Setting up Activities and Rewards” and “Continuing Your Child’s Interest With Goally''
Customizing and Decorating Your Goally
Stickers can go a long way! It may seem like a small thing but picking out and putting stickers on Goally is a great way to get your child to feel a connection with the device. Be sure to give your child a ton of say as to what stickers they want on Goally. Customizing Goally can be a really fun tasks for both your child and yourself but it will also work wonders for getting your child to really feel a personal connection with their Goally and allow Goally to work its magic on your family. Another aesthetic change you can try out it changing out Goally’s generic red or blue pop socket with one your child picks out and really likes. Just like with stickers, giving your child the responsibility to pick out the pop socket they want will allow them to feel personally connected to the Goally. There are tons of great options on Amazon for you and your child to choose from. Changing out a pop socket is really easy with Goally, to watch a video on how to do this click right here. While these two changes may seem small you'll be shocked to see how big of a difference this makes in how your child feels about Goally.
Effectively Setting up Activities and Rewards
Our first recommendation is to set up rewards WITH your child. When you first get Goally it is a great idea to brainstorm a couple of rewards with you child. Including them in on this process will mean that the rewards that you set are things that your child is excited to work towards. We at Goally recommend setting 3 different types of rewards for your child to work for, (Small - Medium - Large). A smaller reward should be attainable for your child within a day of saving up their points. If your kiddo has a sweet tooth this could be something like an ice cream sundae or if your child loves cartoons maybe this small reward is something like an episode of their favorite show. The second reward you should set up with your child is a medium reward that you child should be able to cash in after around five days. For animal lovers this could mean a trip to the zoo or the aquarium. The last kind of reward you want to offer is the BIG reward. This reward should take your child a week or two to save up to and should be something that you child absolutely loves. If your kiddo is really into video games this reward could be the newest game on the market. If your child loves building with legos this reward could be a new massive Lego set. Creating multiple rewards with your child gives them many different options on how to spend their points keeping them engaged and excited to use Goally.
The next thing we recommend when setting up your Goally is to start with FUN! When you first get your Goally it may be enticing to start setting up chores or daily routines, after all that is why you purchased your Goally. However, for most families staring your child out with chore routines may not be the best long term path forward. What we suggest at Goally is to use the device for only fun activities in the first week or so. Try creating a playtime routine, this could be something like a coloring book routine or playing on the playground. Introducing your child to Goally with a fun routine will start to build a positive image of Goally with your child and get you started out on the right foot. You should also use this as a time to introduce the token economy (points & rewards system). Your child will be more than excited to complete the fun routines that you lay out for them so getting them to collect and spend points should be no problem. After a week or so of these fun routines your child will start to enjoy using their Goally it is then that you can start to implement other activities such as a morning or night routine. It is critically important that when setting these routines up you are including your child in the process. When creating new routines you should explain each task and walk through it a couple of times with your child to ensure the best chance of success. If you find a section that your child is consistently tripping up on tinker and adjust it. If a routine is too difficult to complete try breaking it down into smaller steps and pieces. When your first get your Goally you may find yourself struggling and constantly changing your routines, that’s perfect alright. The more time you take setting up and introducing Goally the higher the likelihood that you will achieve live-changing results!
Continuing Your Child’s Interest With Goally
Truth be told, the most important part of keeping interest with Goally is to continue to change up your child’s interactions with it. You always want your child excited to complete their routines. Setting up great rewards with your child in the early stages of Goally is extremely important, but you also have to make sure your are cycling in new rewards and adapting to your child’s new interests. A good way to accomplish this is to have a rewards meeting with your child every month or two. A lot of our Goally parents that have monthly reward meetings say that this is single-handedly the most important trick they use to keep their child engaged with Goally.
Changing up and adding new routines is also vital to retaining engagement. A good example of changing up routines is to constantly be looking to add new fun routines that your child will enjoy. For example if your child suddenly starts taking up an interest in reading consider creating a Goally routine for that activity. On the other side of the coin, If you notice an activity that your child struggles with it may be a good idea to create a Goally routine for that activity. Always remember that when implementing a new routine you should be walking your child through that routine and giving substantial rewards so your child is motivated to complete it. Now there are certain aspects that are important to remain constant. For example, your child may find it difficult or frustrating if their morning or bedtime routine is changed continuously as these are daily routines that should remain fairly constant. Changing these routines around will most likely have negative rather than positive results. This however does not mean that you shouldn't change up your routines.
This marks the end of our “Ensuring Success” 3 part series. Through this series you have hopefully learned some tips and strategies on how to implement and introduce Goally effectively. Now some of these tips may work wonders for you while others seem to have little to no effect oh, that's okay. Remember to keep trying different strategies time and time again as it is only through trial and error that you will figure out the best path forward for you, your child and their Goally!