If you are finding yourself faced with an unruly child, a behavior chart may be just what you need in your house. Children need to have structure and to know what is expected of them in order to behave. There are many times that misbehavior is the result of boredom. When there is nothing else to do, children will get into things that they should not.
A chore chart is simply a chart outlining the behavior you are expecting from your children. The chart is designed to be customized so that it suits your family’s needs. Your family chart should be broken down into smaller charts depending on the number of children that you have and their age differences. There are entirely different actions that are acceptable for a three year old, but not acceptable for a ten year old.
Reward charts should help you keep track of the good things that your child does, and should not focus on any negative things. Certainly correct the misbehavior, but do not dwell on it or hold it over the child.
A chore chart can be set up to be reusable or one use only, the choice is yours. One use only charts would have you permanently marking, whether by pen or stickers, on the chart to keep track of the good behaviors of your child. A reusable chart can be set up on a dry erase board so that you can wipe it down at the end of the week and start over again. You will need to see which will work best with the children you have. Depending on the ages and the children, you might need to have both or a combination of the two kinds.
Once you have your charts for kids in place, it is important to let the child know what they are working towards. Make sure that you have special treats or surprises for them to pick from when they reach a certain number of positive marks. When you are picking out prizes, make sure that you pick items that your child would want to work for to receive.
The main thing to remember is to give it enough time so that your child knows what is expected of them. Once you have started, you may have to adapt the chore chart some so that it works well for your family. It is very important to keep in mind that you are wanting to reinforce the good patterns in your child.
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