Behavior Chart Tips

by Nicole on April 6, 2011 · 4 comments

in Behavior

A behavior chart can be a positive way to reinforce the behaviors you want your children to exhibit and limit those behaviors you wish to put a stop to. However, you need to use them carefully to make them as effective as possible. These behavior chart tips will help you make the most of this.

First, you need to keep the process fun. One of the easiest ways to do this is to emphasize positive behaviors, helping the children earn marks or stickers when they perform activities you want them to perform. Decide on just a few behaviors to zero in on at a time. Too many can overwhelm your child, especially if he or she is little.

You have to be consistent to make a behavior chart work, so make it in a manner that makes sense to you and is something you can follow through on. Decide when you will “finish” the chart, whether it be a week or a month. When it is time for the “points” to be tallied and rewards given out, do so consistently, every time.

Your children will be motivated by things they can see, so put the chart somewhere they can see it, but if your children will be tempted to add to the chart or mess with it, hang it in a visible place that is out of reach.

You need to keep the rewards simple. Large rewards can be hard to maintain. A reward can be something as simple as choosing dinner, deciding what movie night movie will be, or other simple things. New sticker packages are popular with young children and are quite affordable. Be creative, knowing your children’s interests, but avoid making the rewards too exciting, because eventually you will have to make the reward “better” and you can eventually run out of ideas.

As you implement a behavior chart, be creative. Use these behavior chart tips to make it fun and effective in your home. Soon you will be seeing the behaviors your want to reinforce creeping into your home and becoming habits.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Lyn April 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Wow I like this idea, chart that can motivate kids to be obedient and have a better behavior.

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Savannah April 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

I love the sticker idea! I’m an adult, and stickers still motivate me …

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Kimberly Olivier April 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

I made a sticker chart for my 6yr and 4yr old girls. it was with a poster board with each name on top. I made a list of things from sharing to helping on one side of the poster and gave a sticker in the area they deserved. It really helped motivate them. They really enjoy this method of encouragement.

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Savannah April 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

It might be fun to let them pick out there own stickers too!

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