Reward charts are now recognised as a simple, successful and highly effective way to encourage good behaviour in children. All children enjoy the recognition of doing well and reward charts are an easy way to say “well done” to your child. Rewarding a child as they grow is an important part of their development. They respond positively to receiving a smiley face or a reward sticker and good behaviour can be encouraged with the promise of a reward. The reward doesn’t need to be sweets or a present, it can take the form of a story, a walk or a bicycle ride) The important thing is to make it fun.
Positive motivation, prompt acknowledgement of good behaviour and ensuring the whole process is fun will be the key to making the Reward Chart a success and with the correct encouragement, children also learn to understand and respond well, even when no reward sticker has been given after they have been naughty.
Keeping a reward chart ensures you both stop and recognise the things that are done right and gives your child something to aim for, so they want to try to keep the good behaviour up.