5 Reasons to Use a Reward Chart
When you think about it, there sure are a lot of new tasks our youngsters can become responsible for starting from an early age. These can start with simpler tasks like putting away their toys and going to bed on time, and progress to more complex tasks like getting ready for school by themselves and contributing to housework.
If you’re having difficulty teaching your child to adopt new behaviors and take on certain responsibilities—or you simply want to motivate a child who is already doing these things—reward charts can be a great tool. They give kids something to earn and often provide an effective, new approach for parents who are feeling stuck.
Here are 5 reasons you should use a reward chart (or behavior chart) in your home:
1. Reward charts help you and your child focus on the positive by acknowledging your child’s achievements. This creates a different experience around your child learning and agreeing to adopt new behaviors, an experience that’s more encouraging and motivating than a consequences-based approach where your child faces the threat of losing something like free time or access to their phone or computer.
2. Setting goals and incentives using a reward chart is a proactive approach to achieving a desired behavior, unlike the reactive approach of using bribes to avoid a behavior you’re trying to stop. This approach is more respectful and gives both you and your child more power (since you work together at setting goals and incentives when you’re calm, not in the moment of an unpleasant behavior), typically leading to better results.
3. Reward charts provide immediate feedback to your kids about their progress. When your child tries hard to change her behavior or take responsibility for a new chore, a reward chart can show her when she’s done a really good job and keep her motivated. Seeing how many stars or stickers they’ve achieved will instill a much-deserved sense of accomplishment and encourage your child to keep working toward their goals, while also making clear what areas still need work.
4. If you have more than one child at home, a joint reward chart can help them learn how to work together. For example, if they have a shared chore (like cleaning up the kitchen after dinner) and completing it gets them an exciting reward they’ve chosen together, you’ll quickly notice them working together and helping each other to complete the necessary chore.
5. Reward charts featuring colorful stickers are a fun way to celebrate new behaviors and achievements. Sometimes, all it takes for a child to get on board with adopting a new behavior is adding some fun to the mix. Of course, an appealing reward always helps, too!
Want to start using a reward chart in your home? Check out this fun and colorful circus-themed reward chart that your child will love! It’s reusable and customizable, and comes fully equipped with 58 magnetic, reusable stickers and a dry erase marker.