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Printable reward charts are a great way to change ingrained habits and
provide positive training with your children. They also work well
changing adult behavior!
Start by printing out several reward charts so you can try out
different ideas with your kids. You may need to go through several
rounds of adjustments to find the results you are looking for.
Hot Tips for using Printable Reward Charts
There are two reward charts featured on this page.
This chart is a visual chart with very little text. There is a place to
write in your child's goal - what he is working towards. And a place to
write in the reward that he will earn. You can let the numbered stars
represent days or activities, it's up to you. Your child can cross out
or color a star he has completed, or stamp it, or put a sticker on it.
I have a printable sheet of stickers for you on my sticker behavior charts page.
- Preschool or younger child printable reward chart.
Print this younger child printable reward
Family Chore Game
or this older child printable reward chart (Requires a PDF
file reader such
as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
The nice thing with printable reward charts or any other type of
behavior chart, you take yourself out of the position of nagging at
your child all the time. The child becomes answerable to the reward
chart; you are simply his cheerleader and friendly reminder.
If you have a little one who quickly tires of using reward charts, try
what I did with my daughter. She stayed in the game a lot longer (and
we eventually conquered thumbsucking) by inviting her doll into the
action. By helping her doll stop sucking her thumb, my daughter was
motivated to 'lead the way' by changing her own behavior. So
printing out double reward charts, one for your child and another for a
beloved toy or even a pet.
This printable reward chart is more text-based. It is fully
customizable with blank spaces to write specific tasks that are being
worked on. As on the preschool reward chart, there is space for you to
add your child's goal and reward.
- Elementary or older child printable reward chart.
I like to add a task to my kids' reward charts that they are currently
doing very well. That way they have a winner right up front on
chart and they find that motivating. Too often as parents, we only
resort to tools like printable reward charts when we see our kids
having a problem with something. This way is a bit more positive, I
Do remember to reward for positive character development as well as
chores. It's a great thing to help a child develop a habit of
their own bed, for example, but it's far more important that they learn
how to be intentionally kind. These reward charts can be used to reward
any type of behavior. If you need more ideas about this, see my article
Teaching Children to Tell the Truth.
Are you up to the challenge? Print off a reward chart for yourself
engage in a little healthy competition with your child. Beyond
using these charts yourself will show your child how this system
actually works; that nothing happens if you just fill out a reward
chart and then do nothing. You must actually modify your behavior in
some way and the reward chart will simply help you keep track of your
progress and act as a reminder to keep moving. By the way, that's
self-discipline which is a fantastic habit for all of us to develop.
The more humor you can combine with these printable reward charts,
more success you will see. Of course, the reward itself is fun. If
everyone is working on a challenging reward chart then perhaps a family
fun night of celebration is in order every few weeks or so. Teaching
your kids to set goals and work towards them in this manner is a
fantastic skill to teach your child that they will use all their life.
(If you are interested in learning more about teaching goal-setting
your children, I highly recommend you look into Brian Tracy's program How to raise happy,
healthy, self-confident children .)
Printable reward charts are a part of a process.
Whether you use simple tools like chore charts or printable
reward charts, what you are really doing is raising our future leaders.
So yes, every day stuff matters! A lot!!
- Do you ever wonder if these daily routines like homework or
chores even matter?
Raising kids is not an event, it's a process. Tools like
reward charts and printable
charts for kids can help a lot, but they can't do the job for
you. So be
patient with yourself and your child. Use these reward charts and
other parenting resources you feel might help you. Be flexible;
changes until you see results, keep what works, toss what doesn't. Make
sure you are modeling good behavior for your child because it's nearly
impossible to train your child to do something they see you not
And always keep going! Parenting is a tough job, but it can also be
extremely rewarding. Hang in there for the long haul. It's worth it!
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