Positive attention and praise are the most effective rewards for good behavior. As used on Supernanny, the Reward Chart
is a useful way to reinforce good behavior on the spot, and the Star Chart can be a great tool for things like potty training. Positive attention and praise are the most effective rewards for good behavior because they reinforce good behavior on the spot and help a child make the connection between what you are saying and what they've just done. Use the Reward Chart to award stickers for good behavior, and when your child has collected enough stickers to get them to the top of the chart, you can reward them with a treat or an outing (maybe even of their own choosing). When your child misbehaves, remove a sticker from the chart. Tell them why you are doing this, so they understand there are consequences for their bad behavior.
After five or ten stickers, the parents should give a final goal or reward to aim for, like an outing. With a large family, each child could have their own chart. Alternatively, a joint chart might help combat sibling rivalry as the kids will have to work together to achieve a common goal. Older children might appreciate something a little different from their younger siblings; a reward tower or jar given to the child with three marbles already inside and the chance to earn more marbles with good behavior followed by a treat of their choice when the jar is full. Try to avoid using sugary treats or other food as a reward - outings are the best (and healthiest) option. The Reward Chart should have specific categories written on it (using pictures or symbols for younger children) such as "a clean plate", "a tidy room", and the child will be given a sticker, token or coupon whenever they achieve these goals. Reward towers are more flexible, rewarding the older child when they respond well to a situation, and working in conjunction with the House Rules. To encourage good behavior in one particular area, like potty training, simple Star Charts will work better. Here, you focus on the positive, just giving your child a star when they make it to the toilet rather than peeling off stickers to punish them each time they don't!
To help encourage good behavior for Sophia, my 6-year-old daughter (7, in January), I went ahead and invested in the My Credit Reward Chart (7yrs+)
. This is a large wall chart measuring 11 inches wide by 17 inches high. The chart covers the following activities: dressed myself, washed and brushed my teeth, eaten a healthy breakfast, eaten fruit, eaten vegetables, drunk plenty of water, tidied my bedroom, helped around the house, done my homework, done something active and been kind and thoughtful. Plus it also includes two spaces for you to fill in. Children then have the responsibility of putting a check mark in the box with the dry erase marker on completion of an activity. Each day total up the check marks and use them towards the various rewards. Ultimately aiming to improve credit scores week on week. A Supportive Information Sheet with a working example, tips, and guidelines to help you and your child get the best results from your chart is included as well as the sticky mounting pads and a dry-erase marker.
I personally found that this is a laminated chart, but it is a bit flimsy. After about 24 hours the sticky mounts stopped holding up and the chart fell down. Nothing else was attached and nobody was playing with it other than the check marks. So that was a bit disappointing. Of course, you can use thumbtacks to hang it or get some strong magnets and attach it to the fridge as an alternative. Aside from that, the chart is decent. My daughter enjoys getting her credits and having that visual that she earned them. Overall, it`s an okay chart. The intent is great, but the quality of it is not too thrilling. I would pay more about $5 for this rather than the $12.99 price tag as it comes across as something I could easily make myself with a laminating machine. So I love the idea and layout; but wish it was a better quality.
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