A reward chart is used to promote and encourage good behavior by emphasizing a child’s good behavior instead of focusing on the 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 choose a chart that your child likes from our huge selection of free printable behavior charts. Choose a sticker chart together with your child and give it a try. The only thing that you have to lose is your child’s bad behavior!