How to Use a Reward Chart for Kids

A reward chart being a tool for motivation is widely used by parents and guardians to track and influence how kids of different ages behave. These charts if used inappropriately lose their usefulness. Keen parents should always document their children’s behavior throughout their growth and development. It is however important to use these charts well for positive results. Here is how…

Introduce them early enough

The parent or guardian should introduce the behavior charts as early as possible. Experts unanimously agree that children start making conscious decisions as early as six months. This means that the earlier the charts are introduced the more effective the results will be. Rewarding small kids can motivate them to behave positively immediately socialization starts. Sociologists argue that behavior is either learned or unlearned. The charts should be inextricably intertwined with the socialization process.

Hang the Chart conveniently

These charts should not be put at one place. Parents should strategically place a chart where a certain behavior takes place. If the chart is meant to motivate the child to always finish food on their plate, it should be hang at the dining table.

Keep Promises

The guardian or parent should attach a reward for each and every behavior. Whether the behavior is positive or negative, the child should be able to tell which reward to expect. The guardian should however keep the promise attached to each behavior. Keeping promises made motivates both the kid and the guardian.

Keep the Chart Interesting

Kids are fast learners and their ability to skew their behaviors towards what they deem interesting is inevitable. If the charts are interesting to the kid, they are bound to give positive results. This means that the guardian should invest in as many charts as possible with a variety of colors and designs. If a child loves animals, it is advisable to buys charts with drawings of their favorite animals on them.

Recognize Gender of Kids

Boys and girls have differences in preferences of colors and designs. It has been scientifically proven that children are socialized through Oedipus complex. Girls align their behavioral orientations as they learn from their mothers’ actions. The reverse about boys is also true. This means that the charts should not go against the gender roles assigned to each either boys or girls in order to avoid confusion in kids.

Rethink Change of Strategy

In the event that the guardian notes that the effectiveness of a certain chart is ineffective, they should find the areas that the kids are developing new interests. Monotony breeds boredom. The primary goal for using these charts is behavior modification. If children lose their interests in a certain chart, it means that behavior modification in that area will be static. Just like bathing, motivation should be a daily activity. The exit and introduction strategy of a new chart should be set in advance to avoid a vacuum or missing some records.

Recognize the Age

Kids change their preferences as they advance in age. The bigger they grow, the more complicated their behavior charts should be. For instance, a five year old child can be rewarded for brushing their teeth, changing and making their bed using one sticker on the reward chart. A teenager cannot also be given charts that are the same as those of toddlers.

It should be noted that reward charts are learning tool that are as important as others aspects of socialization. If used effectively, it could help parents or guardians to leave positive but indelible marks in the lives of their children.