Sometimes, in today’s busy/digital world, children often find themselves very preoccupied with homework, playing, friends, gaming, and internet activities. During these times, it also becomes quite impossible to get children to listen.
In order to help combat this and get your child to do something the first time they are asked, my friend Camilla came up with this simple chart. Utilized in her home for well over a year now, she confides that she’s seen vast improvements in her children’s behavior, listening, and follow-through skills.
The chart is very simple.
Sheet of Paper
1. Fold the sheet into 36 squares.
2. Each time your child does what they are told, the first time it is asked, they are rewarded with a sticker. If you don’t want the added expense of stickers, draw a happy face, star, or a heart, etc…
3. Once the chart has been filled out, the child will receive their reward. The reward is determined beforehand. An image of the special prize is sometimes pasted to the paper for added encouragement.
***Free Downloadable Chart***
Examples of Camilla’s rewards include:
1. A special toy they’ve wanted (up to a specified amount)
2. Ice cream sundae after school
3. Weekend movie ticket
4. An added hour of gaming on the weekend
5. Fun pedicure for girls
6. A new book
Praise and encouragement for their good behavior helps strengthen this skill, creating a healthy habit for your child. This habit of listening and follow-through will serve them well throughout their lives. Go ahead, give it a try today!