How to be a better parent in 18 days – Day 6

This is day 6 of the series: How to be a better parent in 18 days.

Day 6: Use Reward Charts

Define the biggest challenge that you face with each child. For example, sibling rivalry, not getting homework done, not brushing teeth, not tidying up, etc. You will probably have a few issues with each child but choose one major one (such as sibling rivalry) or two or three smaller issues (brushing teeth and tidying).

how to make reward charts work

Sit together with your child and find a reward chart on www.rewardcharts4kids.com that your child loves. There are hundreds to choose from and they are all free. Print it out and explain to your child what she needs to do to get a sticker. For example, tidy up her toys, brush her teeth, behave well at the supermarket. Some kids will want a prize once they receive a certain number of stickers but others are happy to receive a sticker and praise or acknowledgment.

Be consistent and give a sticker each time your child deserves one. Sometimes, reward charts are more for parents than for the children. Some parents need a visual reminder to keep on track and remind us to acknowledge good behavior. If not, we forget and only mention bad behavior. This often causes kids to behave badly to get more attention.

There are hundreds of tips on how to make reward charts work on this site.

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