Using Behavior Charts With Your Difficult Child

It can be very hard to get your kid to behave the way you want them too. Every kid comes with their own unique challenges. Some kids fight bedtime, while others want to sleep in all morning. Some kids use hurtful words, and others yell in the house. No matter what the behavior is, a behavior chart is a great way to change it.

Behavior charts give kids a real motivation to change their behavior. Children have more impulse control, and they often don’t think about their actions. Their behavior chart will have them considering the way they behave, and using one should gradually bring about changes.

How you use your behavior chart is up to you. Some parents offer a financial reward for good behavior. Others offer a special treat, like a trip to the ice cream shop. For some kids, just the star or sticker they receive for good behavior is motivating in itself. You know your child better than anyone, so think about what kind of reward might motivate them.

Next, you’ll want to think about what behaviors you should put on the chart. In addition to the behaviors your child struggles with, you should include some things they’re generally good at. For example, if your child often brushes their teeth without being prompted, make that a behavior on their list.

Initially, your child may struggle to change their behavior, and making so many mistakes may be discouraging. It’s important that they see themselves doing something right too. As you continue to use behavior charts, you’ll see them succeeding in the more challenging categories.

You should make sure the expectations you have for your child are something they can attain. For example, if you’re using a chart on a potty training child, expecting them to use the potty every day may be too much for them to handle. Having them use the potty once a day is a more achievable goal. You can always change these behaviors as your child’s skills improve.

The most important component of behavior charts for kids is sticking with them. On a busy day, it can be easy for a behavior chart to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, this makes it a less effective motivator. You’re going to have to stay on top of the chart if you want to see results.

Many parents have achieved a lot of success with behavior charts. Now, you can too.