Behavior charts are mostly used to inspire and motivate toddlers to embrace new behaviors. The reason why behavior chart works is that your child will mostly do the right thing when they know they are being watched.
Thus, if your children know that the number of times they brush is being monitored the likelihood of them not brushing their teeth will be minimal. If you combined your behavior chart with rewards, you will definitely note the improvement.
A behavior chart is based on the guidelines of positive reinforcement which mean that the child is rewarded for engaging in a positive behavior which will make it a habit. The chart is just a simple piece of paper with rows and columns. In the chart, you will indicate the behavior which you would like your child to engage in.
Thereafter you and your child will keep track of how often they have adhered to the behavior on the chart. To mark the behavior trend, you can choose to use check marks, stickers, or smiley faces whenever a behavior is completed.
The reward that the child obtains is based on the number of times he/she has completed the behavior.
The Importance of Using Behavior Charts Include
- The more the expectations are clear, the more likely your child will adhere to them
- You will get more of what you mainly focus on
- The child will get immediate feedback on his/her progress in performing the set task
- More motivation to achieve the set goals so as to receive more rewards
- By setting up behavior chart, the parents will have to deal will fewer deviations of the set goal.
Examples of Behavioral Charts
Single Behavior Charts
The single behavior charts are mostly used when you want your child to work on a new skill. With this chart, the child will take on new activities one at a time. This is mostly used when you realize a behavior that you need your child to change for example if you child keeps biting other kids, you can create one where he is not supposed to bite someone.
Multiple Behavior Charts
This mostly includes routines which are done on a daily basis. You can also include the various things that your child should do after waking up.
This is mostly effective where your child has multiple chores to undertake during the course of the week.
Homework Progress Charts
This is crafted to keep track of your child’s homework. If the child completes his homework daily, you can reward him, and it will motivate him always to complete the work.
Tips on Making the Behavior Chart Effective
Set Few Realistic Goals
Choose a few behaviors to focus at a time. Setting a whole list can be difficult and overwhelming. With few numbers, it makes it interesting and fun.
Involve Your Child
By involving them, they will feel more wanted and wouldn’t take them as harsh rules. Give them the opportunity to choose a reasonable reward, and they will definitely be motivated. These charts should be placed in prominent places such as on the fridge.
Change It up Often
Your behavior cart should not stay the same for more than three weeks. Change the behavior once your child has improved and move to another new behavior. This will prevent boredom, and your child will be motivated to try a new role. If you feel it’s too early to change the behavior, you can stick to the current behavior but make the reward more challenging to get.
Use Short and Long Term Goals
Make some rewards immediate and others long term. This will keep your child on his toes trying to keep up with good behavior so as to earn more rewards.
Find Your Child’s Motivation
The rewards should be something that your child loves. Since their love for something may change with time. You should keep up with their changing interests and change the reward as their interests’ changes.
You should be consistent on how you apply your decision-making to the chart. You and your child should participate in filling the chart, and you should also be consistent on providing the rewards.
In conclusion, how you use the chart will highly determine if the process is a success or not. One important aspect that you should keep in mind is that you should stick with one chart at a time since too many charts may be confusing to your child. Trial and error are crucial in the process of making a behavior chart successful.