For many kids, getting a daily injection can be tough at times. On those days when your son or daughter is less than excited about it, a little positive reinforcement can go a long way!
Some parents of children who take Norditropin® say that while the best reward may be the evidence of their progress on a growth chart, there are times when some extra motivation is helpful. Read on to learn about the creative ways they keep their child incentivized to keep up with the daily routine.
Setting a Goal
Just about everyone can agree that having to perform a task each and every day can be tedious. But doing that same task and being rewarded isn’t so bad! That’s why many parents use goal-setting to inspire their kids to keep up with their injections. Here are some examples you might want to try:
- Two weeks of injections = choosing a family activity like a board game or a trip to the park
- After a month of injections, they get extra TV or screen time
- When your child is tall enough for “big kid” rides, the whole family gets a trip to an amusement park
- After a full year of injections, they get to pick out a special gift, like new shoes or a long-wished-for toy, or they get a later bedtime
- When your child needs new clothes, their doll gets a new outfit, too
"I wanted to make the process fun along the way, not only for my child, but for the whole family. We learned we didn't have to be worried or scared—we could have fun!"
A Surprise a Day
When Aria started on Norditropin®, her mom, Shauna, knew the first few days of injections might be a little scary. So, she came up with the idea of a new surprise for every night of the first week—and built it up all day to get her excited about it. Thinking about the toy, treat, or trinket she might have took Aria’s mind off the injection.
"The free charms and stickers I can order from the Norditropin® site make a great—and free—reward for my child. And she loves to personalize her pen and case with these cute designs!"
A “Courage Party”
After completing her first full week of injections, Aria was treated to a “Courage Party” with family and friends. First came a special trip to her favorite doll store, where she got to pick out her own doll. Then, the Courage Party began. Each person at the table answered the questions, “Was there a time when you had to be courageous?” and “Why are you happy you were courageous in that situation?”. When it was Aria’s turn, she talked about being courageous with her injections and heard lots of positive feedback on how proud her family was.
Talk it Out
Amanda, who is Emmy’s mom, says that sometimes all it takes to motivate Emmy is a heart-to-heart conversation. “Emmy has days when she just doesn’t feel like having an injection. When that happens, we just talk it out. We discuss how everyone has their thing they have to do and this is hers.”
Shauna agrees that talking it out is helpful. “We chat about other kids we’ve met who are taking Norditropin®, because it helps her to know she’s not alone. And, we reminisce about all the goals she’s reached since she’s started with her injections.”
Make it Fun
If you’re looking for ideas to motivate or reward your child—or just make the process of injections more fun—these examples could be just the thing to get your creativity jump-started!
Please note that the situations, experiences, and tips described in this article are not intended as medical advice. They are unique to the families depicted and are not necessarily the typical experiences of families with children who have growth hormone–related disorders or are being treated with Norditropin®. Talk to your health care provider regarding the treatment of growth disorders or any health concerns you have.