Reward charts are useful in helping to manage your children’s behaviour, and to teach them more positive behaviour patterns in an effective way.
6 things you should know about using reward charts:
- Explain to your child upfront that there are certain behaviours that need to be addressed, and why. Let her negotiate with you which of the top five are the most important ones at any given stage.
- Choose no more than three behaviours that you would like your child to work on. Place pictures or drawings of your child performing these behaviours on the reward chard.
- Explain that each time she performs the activity successfully, a star will be placed on the chart. Allow her to place her star on the chart herself. This provides a sense of achievement, ownership and satisfaction.
- Agree on the number of stars she needs to obtain per day and per week to obtain a reward.
- Grade the reward according to the number of stars obtained. For example, after obtaining three stars a day, she obtains five minutes more time in the swimming pool. After 21 stars earned in a week, she can, for example, have an hour of playtime with you in which she decides what and how you play.
- Use the chart for a limited period only. It is a motivator for change of behaviour only. As a guide, use it for about a month to six weeks. Once the new behaviour is established, expect her to uphold this, and select new ones as needed.
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