The Whizbuilders Reward Chart is a demonstrated instrument used among other things to motivate children to accomplish objectives and develop good habits. Reward Charts can also be called Chore Charts, Behavior Charts, Star Charts and Incentive Charts. Whenever a child achieves a task (for example, finishing their homework) A Star (or some other shape) is added to their reward diagram, this gives the child an immediate positive feedback and a sense of achievement, it also acts as a propeller as the child will want more rewards. Defining a positive objective to reach a certain number of stars/points would give the child something to work towards and to anticipate rewards.
How and why Whizbuilders reward charts works:
Our behavior chart for kids can be used when your child needs to work on changing his/her behavior. Your child gathers stickers for the diagram whenever he/she behaves as you approve, hey can then receive a reward based on the quantity of stickers he/she has gathered. The stickers gathered, rewards and strengthens the positive behavior.
At the point when your child makes a decent attempt to change his behavior, a responsibility chart can demonstrate to him when he’s done a really good job and keep him motivated.
Some parents have worries relating to the thought that rewards for good behavior are similar to bribes, but they are not the same. The difference between a bribe and our sticker chart lies within the fact that bribes are given before the behavior you want is executed but a reward is given after the behavior. For instance, a reward may be that you let your child decide what’s for dinner in the event that she plays well with friends. And rewards always aim to reinforce good character, but bribes don’t.
How to set up a reward chart
1. Choose the behavior you would like to encourage or change - When you have decided on the behavior you want to encourage or change, it is important to use clear descriptions of the behavior, for instance, "Knock before you go into people's rooms" is easier to understand than "Don't invade people's privacy" and also "pick up all your toys from the ground" is a lot more easier to understand than "tidy up your room". Therefore, make your instructions to be as clear and simple to understand as possible.
2. Set up a chart - There are various different styles of behavior chart for kids to choose from, we have reward charts that are suitable to different ages, once you have decided the chart most suitable for your kid, it's time to decide which tokens or stickers to use, many younger kids seem to prefer star stickers whereas older kids may like points or other markers. Make sure to put the chart where the child can easily see it and have it at the back of your mind that your older child would normally prefer a more private spot for their charts. For instance, your older child might prefer her responsibility chart in her bedroom rather than on the fridge.
3. Choose short-term rewards - Many children enjoy collecting stickers at the start of the chore charts for kids but also note that the curiosity can wear off quickly and the real reward can seem too far to reach. So, it is advisable to choose short term rewards that your child can get often if he earns it for instance a movie night or a small toy or the chance to stay up late at night.
4. Reward your child the stickers immediately after the behavior - Rewarding your child with stickers immediately after exhibiting the behavior you want to see can reinforce this behavior, also when you praise the child for behaving as instructed, it reminds the child the reason why he's getting the tokens or stickers. For instance, 'I really like the way you arranged your toys after playing with them after breakfast. Here's A Star on your chart'. It serves as a future reminder to repeat such action which overtime will become a norm that your child adheres to.
5. Try to stay positive - It is best to move on if your child doesn't earn a Star, and it is also important to try to avoid punishing your child by making threats of taking away a Star or insisting they wouldn't get any stars if they keep up with negative attributes contained in their attitude. It is always best to always focus on encouraging your child to do better next time rather than making threats.
6. Move on from the reward chart - Once your child behavior has changed, you can gradually stop using the reward chart. It is a good idea to always notice your child's behavior and praise your child’s positive performances as you phase out the chart. For instance, you may gradually phase out a reward chart after a few weeks.
It's important to note that if you suddenly stop using the reward chart, there are possibilities that your child may go back to the old behavior.
7. Measure the behavior - This is an optional method. In a situation where your child has a particular challenging behavior, you might want to measure the behavior before you start using the reward chart, For instance, count how often or how many times your child carries out the behavior you intend to change, record it when you start using the behavioral chart and keep track of it as the day passes as you emphasize on changing that behavior. Keeping track of it daily will help you know if the chart is working and it would help you keep track of the changes made.
You could use your child's charts and rewards based on her age and interests. For instance, you could use a puzzle as your chart and give your child one piece of the puzzle at a time for her to build it while you record the changes. You can use our reward chart for children with disabilities or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Making the reward chart work for you
If you notice that your child is behaving positively based on the behavioral patterns you relish in your child, keep your focus on encouraging the good behavior. For instance, your child could be hitting his hands about once a day, you can try to mitigate the number of times he hits his hands purposefully in a day and give him tokens or stickers for those few times he managed to keep his hands “hit-free” on the behavior chart.
When you think of how much behavioral change to expect which can help you and your child stay positive and realistic, you may look for smaller changes to reward while you gradually work your way up to bigger change. For instance, if you want your child to help you with dishwashing, you could start by rewarding her for taking her dishes to the kitchen, then it could be her dishes and her dad’s dishes and so on.
It is possible for your child to get bored using the same reward, to avoid this occurrence, you can work together to generate a reward 'menu' with various rewards to spend his stickers or tokens on. For instance, 5 stickers = a special toy or extra time after lights out, 10 stickers = a special candy or a trip to the park.
The rewards would not be effective if your child can get the reward in other ways, for instance, rewarding your child a play at the swimming pool would not work well if she often gets a play swim after her usual swimming lesson every week.
The Dos and Don'ts of a Reward System
1. Make the behavior (or behaviors) you are working to change be clear enough. Most often, parents have many behavior they would like to change, and trying to change all behaviors at once can be overwhelming do your child therefore it is advisable to select just a few behaviors that the child should start working on and use the stickers to reward only those behavior and when the changes has been made you can move on to address other behaviors you would like to change.
2. Identify the reward ahead of time. It is very important to identify what the reward would be ahead of time, you can engage your child with potential rewards which they are willing to receive each time they meet up to your requirement. Children are more motivated to do things when they have been given choices and are assured of a reward, all you have to do is to always ensure to reward them as at when due.
3. Identify how many stickers would be needed to claim the reward ahead of time. Your children will have little motivation if they have no idea how many stickers, they need in order to get rewarded, therefore it is important to ensure your children know just how many stickers to look out for when expecting a reward for a behavioral change.
4. Make the prizes achievable. There are situations where your child would prefer to be rewarded something quite expensive like perhaps, the latest version of a play station. This will very naturally translate to a lot of stickers, (For instance, 120 stickers) Such a reward would be difficult for a child to meet up to because the prize cannot be earned in a short time, which could make the child lose interest in changing the behavior overtime, therefore, it is advisable to use short achievable prizes which could motivate the child to change the behavior within the shortest possible time frame.
5. Keep your child's eye on the reward. Always ensure to remind your child of the reward he/she would get if they engage in a specific behavior, always verbally remind them and put the chore charts in a visible location to serve as a constant reminder for your children to uphold their good habits.
6. Be consistent. It is also important to be consistent with the responsibility chart, do not forget to reward the child when the child performs a task and do not forget to constantly remind the child to keep striving to make a change because there might be slow growth on the part of the child if there is no consistency in enforcing a change.