Parenting expert Nancy Samalin, author of "Loving is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works," defines positive discipline as the ability to set limits without putting the kids down. Good behaviour charts emphasise positives, instead of reprimands or demerits known as bad marks. With incentive, kids can gain awareness and appreciation of good behaviour and achieve greater self-control. Interactive behaviour charts offer an element of excitement, while reinforcing the benefits and rewards of practicing good habits.
Kids never seem to tire of colouring or cartoons. Create a chart combining both concepts by selecting your child's favourite animal or cartoon character along with a corresponding image. It can be a Cinderella figure at the top corner of the chart, with several glass slipper outlines in the main body of the chart, and a picture of the Cinderella's castle at the opposite bottom corner. Kids colour in the glass slippers on each reward day until the slippers complete a path to the castle. Or the chart can be of a cowboy with outlines of horses and a cowboy hat at the bottom of the page. Title the chart with a challenging question such as "How can the cowboy find his hat?" or "How many steps for Cinderella to find the castle?"
Stickers come in all shapes, sizes, colours and themes. Children enjoy the novelty of seeing the colourful shapes decorate a lunch box or notebook. Use the idea of stickers for a good-behaviour chart. Create one central character placed in the middle of the chart. If the stickers are stars, draw or cut out a picture of a space ship or a full moon for the central motif. Each time the chart is used, a star sticker is placed on the chart. Try this with stickers of frogs, with a lily pad as the central figure or reversed. Use a pot of honey, or a cave, with bear stickers, or a central motif of a hive with bumblebee stickers.
Surprise Coupon Chart
Kids love surprises and that can be the theme of a behaviour chart. Create a different surprise for each day by writing a coupon of your child's favourite activities on pastel coloured paper. Coupons can range from, "Let's Fly a Kite," or "Time to Bake Cookies," or "Shall We go to the Beach?" Using a large calendar, tack a folded coupon for each day. When it's time to use the chart, allow your child to pick the coupon of the day.
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