Have you often tried
to change it without success? Using a reward chart may help. Here’s how:
• Make a simple chart that shows what your child needs to do to earn a prize. For example, draw a connect-the-dots picture of something your child wants. Each time she behaves in a certain way, she can connect two dots. When the picture is complete, she gets the reward.
• Put the chart in a visible spot. This motivates your child, reminds her how to behave, and reminds you to praise her progress.
• Mark down poor behavior if it continues to be a problem. For example, put a happy face on the chart when your child behaves. Draw a sad face when she doesn’t. At the end of the day, if there are more happy faces than sad faces, she’ll get a reward.
• Don’t wait too long to award prizes. Use end-of-the day awards for preschoolers and end-of-the-week awards as children grow older.
• Use appropriate rewards. Don’t give your child huge prizes for good behavior. Instead, choose moderate things, such as a small toy, privilege or special outing with you.
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