It’s a new year and I’m looking to make some big changes in my household regarding behavior rules. What we’ve been doing hasn’t been working and I’m fed up with it! I have a seven-year-old that, all of a sudden, seems to be trapped in either a 3-year-old or 13-year-olds’ body. It’s been chaos. We need a change, so I developed this Behavior Chart for Kids in hopes that I can use some of the positive reinforcement tactics I’ve used in the past to help foster good behavior rather than punish bad behavior.
All kids learn differently. All kids respond differently to different disciple methods. What works for one family may not work for another. I’ve learned that my child does not respond to punishments that take things away. He does better with positive reinforcement like reward systems. In the past, it has worked for us and it works for him in school and in his after-school programs. So, I asked myself, why am I not implementing this Behavior Chart with his at-home behavior issues?
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Lately, the tantrums and backtalk have been getting out of control. I often feel like I yell too much and get nowhere. So, I recently decided to try a different tactic instead of taking away TV and tablet time because that doesn’t work for him- it doesn’t foster change for him.
We already know that it’s extremely important for children to learn and develop good habits early on in their lives. I want this to be our focus rather than always focusing on punishing the bad behavior. While I know that is still necessary, I have noticed that with my child, reinforcing positive behavior works best at fostering those desired good habits.
If you think this may work better for you, head over to our Etsy Shop and download this Behavior Chart to track your child’s good behavior. Do this by awarding them a sticker, such as a gold star or their favorite characters, for each day they exhibit good behavior. Parents/Caregivers decide how many days in a row must be completed before awarding a prize.
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What I did was gather a bunch of items in a treasure box so that once the desired amount of good behavior days were attained, he could pick something out. We went to the store together to pick out items that interested him so he would get excited about earning the prizes. I went to places like Dollar Tree, 5 Below, and bookstores. I also added in coupons for game credits, alone time with parents, and trips to somewhere fun, like Chuck e Cheese.
So far things have been getting better so it feels like we’re on the right track!
Check out our Etsy Shop to get your Good Behavior Chart!
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.
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