Children’s behavior can be changed through reward charts. There are several types of them, including wall posters and apps.
Charts assign incentives to rewarding goals – such as helping you set the table, tying shoelaces or saying “please”.
According to your child’s chart, they are successful in reaching their behavior goals most of the time. You might find spaces for ticks or stickers on a wall poster, for example. There might be stars that appear on the screen of an app. When your child does well, they get ticks or stickers in the spaces or stars in the app. Each tick, sticker, or star adds up to a reward for your child.
You can use reward charts to:
- Encouraging behavior you want, like brushing your teeth without a fuss
- Discourage unproductive habits and behavior, such as hitting
- Practicing new skills, such as staying next to the cart and putting all the toys in the box after being asked, will help your child become successful.
Reward charts: How And Why They Work
A reward chart can help your child see when they have succeeded in changing their behavior. Your child will be motivated by them. Super Wings deluxe supercharged Astra could be a great reward when they have filled their chart!
As a result, the rewards reinforce good behavior and make it more likely to occur again.
You can use reward charts to encourage positive behavior in your child. You might find this helpful if you’ve been paying more attention to your child’s negative behavior and have been frustrated by it. Children aged 3-8 tend to do well with reward charts. Getting your child involved as much as possible when creating a rewards chart is a good idea. Before starting, discuss the behavior you want to change and work through the steps below together.
How To Create A Reward Chart
1. Clearly and positively describe the behavior you want to encourage.
2. Choose a chart.
3. Choose short-term rewards.
4. Give your child stickers straight after the behavior.
5. Try to stay positive.
6. Move on from the reward chart.
7. Optional step: measure the behavior.
Making Reward Charts Work For You
When you notice when your child is behaving well, you keep the focus on encouraging positive behavior. You might find that your child hits about once every day. It is possible to look for two times during the day when your child keeps his hands to himself, and reward him with stickers if he does so twice. Be sure to reward your child’s good behavior as soon as you spot it to keep him motivated.
Staying positive and realistic can be helped by being aware of how much behavior change to expect. Rather than going for big changes right away, you might try rewarding yourself with small changes. You can reward your child for picking up the blocks, for example, if you want your child to help you tidy up more. So there could be blocks, dress-ups, and so on.
If your child receives the same reward every time, he/she might get bored. As a possible alternative, you can work together to set up a rewards ‘menu’ so that the stickers can be used for a variety of rewards. 5 stickers equal a game with mom, 10 stickers equal a trip to the park, etc.
This short guide should help you to understand reward charts and how they can help you. Have you ever used one? Please share some of your best rewards in the comments.