Free Printable Reward Charts and Behavior Charts
All parents love their children. The problem is that sometimes raising and disciplining kids becomes so overwhelming that we don’t enjoy parenting as much as we could and should. The goals of this site are to provide free tools and resources in order to:
- Make parenting more effective, rewarding and enjoyable.
- Improve your relationship with your children.
- Give you more confidence in your parenting.
- Correct misbehavior using positive parenting techniques.
- Help parents who are feeling helpless and frustrated.
- Increase your knowledge and improve your parenting skills.
- Get your family to work as a team with common goals.
- Build positive relationships with the entire family.
Some of the most popular charts on this site. Hundreds more available so please look around!
This site is based on the positive parenting techniques. The ultimate goal of positive parenting is to get your child to want to behave well.
What are behavior charts and how do they work?
Behavior charts (otherwise known as reward charts or sticker charts) help children understand that it is more rewarding to behave well than to misbehave. Kids initially start behaving well in order to get a sticker on their chart, please their parents and teachers, be praised and complemented and maybe even get a reward for completing their behavior chart. Eventually, good behavior starts coming naturally and kids start reaping the benefits. They start enjoying their relationship with their parents, they love not being yelled at, getting good grades, improving self esteem, etc. Children will actually set limits for themselves and want to behave well!
How do behavior charts or reward charts work?
Reward Charts are used to promote and encourage good behavior by placing emphasis on children’s good behavior instead of focusing on their bad behavior. Studies have shown that praising good behavior is far more effective than reprimanding children for their bad behavior. The problem is that it is much easier to focus on bad behavior since it is difficult to ignore. Sticker charts help remind you to praise good behavior by placing a star or sticker on the chart. This sends a message to the child that he or she is being rewarded for acting in that manner. Your child, in turn, will want to receive more positive feedback so he or she will be motivated to behave in a similar manner. After all, who doesn’t want to be praised? Each time you stick a sticker on the reward chart you are basically taking the time to stop and praise your child. It also makes it clear to the child that he or she is acting in a manner that you appreciate, like and want to reward. It is important that the whole process is fun or else it will not be as effective. Try to use charts that your child likes. This site offers a huge selection and they are all free! Choose one together with your child and give it a try. The only thing that you have to lose is your child’s bad behavior!