How do I love behavior charts? Let me count the ways…
When my kids start to get a little extra whiny or aren’t being good helpers around the house, I know it’s time to bust out one of my homemade behavior charts. (Disclaimer: I know that behavior charts are not for all parents and I totally respect that).
My kids love it when I bring out a new chart because I decorate them and make it fun. Before I start giving them tokens to place on the chart, I like to lay out the expectations and parameters of the chart.
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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a “Sweetheart Chart” to encourage our kiddos to be the little sweethearts they are! I like to rotate behavior charts by season to keep my kids interested and switch up target behavior when I feel they’re consistent in the ones that go with the current chart and system I have set up. I don’t always use them year round, but the more consistency the better.
Here’s a pic of how I’m using the chart with my girls right now:
I printed out a chart for each of my girls and laminated them. I decided to use white board markers and have them color in the hearts instead of going the velcro route. They each wrote their name on the top and we went over the positive behaviors that will earn them hearts. They’ve been having trouble taking turns, sharing, and being kind to each other lately, so I used the opposite of those behaviors (and some others) as the target behaviors. Tonight we averted a toddler meltdown by letting my 3 year old know that if she made a good choice and decided to be kind she’d get a heart and she did! Yay!
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