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Homemade Cinnamon Buns

April 4, 2014 – 11:17 pm | 52 views

My family was so excited when I announced that I would be making Cinnamon Buns (from scratch). I was a bit anxious because firstly, most recipes call for quite a bit of work or rest …

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Using Reward Charts for Children

March 23, 2014 – 9:03 pm | 251 views
Completed Reward Chart

Completed Reward Chart

To encourage and sustain positive behaviour, our family has started using a reward chart. I made it from powerpoint (see bottom to download) and printed off a few copies on A4 sized-paper and stuck them in a visible and height-appropriate location so that the children are encouraged to discuss their goals and then stick reward stickers themselves – following an honour system.

The features of this reward system:

  • We discuss the goals for reward together (my intention is to turn these goals into habits and then move on) – remember to use the SMART method! (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Oriented, Time Bound)
  • We also agree on the reward – this can range from books, gifts, cash or something of reasonable value (see below for some suggestions)
  • There is room for 3 goals at a time (but sometimes we sneak in one or two more depending on our discussion)
  • They can write the goal themselves
  • At the end of the day, we discuss their achievement(s) and they will stick on the reward sticker themselves
  • It becomes an almost self-tracking, self-motivated, self-running system!
  • This reward chart counts up to 100 stickers, but it’s customizable to something you think they can achieve without giving up hope

Depending on the goals, it averages about 3 months for my 6 and 8 year old to complete 1 page.

Some of the rewards they have gotten:

  • $200 HKD cash (to be put into savings)
  • 2 books of their choice
  • Some stationary (paper, pens, sparkles, arts and crafts materials)
  • Toys (valued no more than $150 HKD)


I have a pretty strict rule about no presents unless it’s a birthday or Christmas – so these valuable milestones are really worth something to them. It almost becomes competitive between the two girls (in a good way) and they encourage each other on to remember to reach their goals daily – or remind each other to follow up on the stickers.

Sticker are also cheap in Hong Kong. I can get a whole pack of 100 little tiny stickers for $10 HKD!

You can download the reward chart here in powerpoint.


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August 21, 2011 – 9:58 pm | 2 Comments | 14,825 views
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April 23, 2009 – 7:35 pm | 14 Comments | 9,939 views

I’m very flattered by the amount of inquiries and comments I’m getting on my previous article “How to Hire a Domestic Helper in Hong Kong“.  I’m also glad that I am able to provide assistance …