Here are a few proven ideas for using a free printable behavior chart effectively.
Only try to encourage or change a few behaviors at a time. In fact, sometimes working on one behavior at a time brings the most success. If you have been struggling with your child concerning a particular behavior, make sure you're not expecting too much change at once. That's simply a recipe for frustration and nagging. Those things guarantee change won't happen!
One of my daughters took a long, long time to quit sucking her thumb (about a year). We had tried lots of things and I finally realized that each one of those ideas had its place in teaching her about herself and preparing her to change her behavior. That's when I simply told her that no matter how long it took, we would be successful. We would work together and make the goal happen. My commitment to long-term change helped her make the commitment, too. Stopping the process was no longer an option. I let go of being frustrated, too.
Free printable behavior charts for kids:
Print this Printable Behavior Chart for older/elementary kids or Family Chore Game or Printable Behavior Chart for younger/preschool kids (Requires a PDF file reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
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As parents we often are so busy, we want immediate fixes. But that's not how human beings generally work. Long-term solutions require long-term fixes! Behavior charts are great for this type of effort. We can use one chart after another, make changes to the chart, goal or prize as necessary, scatter them around the house and car for easy access, and truly integrate them into every day living. We can use a 'chores for kids' chart to teach household management and family responsibility. We can use blank chore charts and customize our efforts.
Always keep the positive in your printable behavior charts.
Put a positive habit that your child already does well on the chart along with other behaviors you want to guide. For example, if you have a child who always hangs his jacket up, then put that habit on his behavior chart. The easy success from that one behavior can be very motivating when other habits are more challenging to change.
Free printable behavior charts for kids are for more than just chores.
Remember, with a tool like behavior charts you are guiding and modifying behavior. Only your child can choose to change; you cannot make your child change. And that's okay because helping your child understand that he is in charge of changing himself is a powerful skill to learn.
You might want to also check out my printable reward charts page for more printable behavior charts and ideas. And if you like stickers for your behavior chart, see my sticker behavior charts page.
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Updated on May 04, 2014.
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