Getting started with your Budding Fruits app
Getting started is as simple as A B C
A) First you need to download the app from the app store and sign up using a valid email address. B) Then set up your children's names, focus attitude / behaviour, token value and goal value. C) Tap the "Log into your account" button in the confirmation email (no password required), and you are ready to go.
If you want you can download the app onto your child's device and set up the child's version using the invite code from the parents app.
To use the App on a second parents device simply download the App and logon using the email address used on the first parent App setup. Forward the confirmation/logon email to the second device to complete the logon process.
Users have found the following suggestions very helpful for the setting up and effective use of the App.
Parents prepare yourselves
For many parents the adoption of the Budding Fruits app is an opportunity to review their own thoughts about training their child. To help getting started, following are some suggestions for parents to think about.
- Be proactive and intentional with your parenting. Think about the values and rules that you would like your child to learn to live by and the skills you would like them to develop so they can grow and prosper as an adult. Make plans about how your child can learn and develop those values, rules and skills.
- Become an encouragement trainer not a punishment trainer. Encouragement is not just giving compliments, it is about coming along side the child and gently guiding them in the way that they should go. The Budding Fruits app is about encouragement not punishment.
- Only expect of your child what you expect of yourselves. Are you a "do as I say not as I do" parent? Children learn more from observing their parents behaviour than from what the parent says.
- Take care not to confuse your child. Are you a flip/flop parent who often makes a decision then changes it, or do you tell your children you will do something then don't follow through? Both of these things can cause confusion in children which is often mistaken for not listening or bad behaviour.
Basic setup decisions
Before you and your children launch into your Budding Fruits journey, it is important that your children understand what is expected of them and how any agreed reward is delivered or maybe used or spent.
You will find some suggested guidelines on the resources page that you can download and change to what works best for you and your family, and below are some setup decisions that you will need to think about.
Will you use the Budding Fruits app, as a score board or a money jar? This can be customised for individual children. You might like to consider the score board setup for younger children and you can always change it later. On the flip side using the money jar option starts the process towards money wisdom sooner.
Using the score board option, what will the goal score for the child be and what will the reward be?
Using the money jar option, what, if any, guidelines will there be around what the money is spent on? You can download some suggestions from the resource page and change them to suit you and your child.
What expectation will be placed on the child? Expectations can be in the form of attitudes, behaviour or specific tasks or a combination of all of these. You will find some downloadable suggestions on the resources page.
How much will the reward be? Parents need to consider the child's age and stage of development when deciding this.
Ensure that your budget will accommodate your plans. Remember parents that you will be actually paying out the monetary reward, so you will need to budget for that.
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