Reward charts are a powerful tool to incentivise children to modify their behaviour.
(Not sure what is a reward chart? Head to this page for an introduction)
They are incredibly useful even in situations where children have been showing ADHD behaviour.
In terms of benefits, the list can be summarised as: fun, motivating, and fulfilling.
Why are reward charts fun?
There is a simple reason why reward charts are fun: they are visually appealing and draw the instinct of curiosity children naturally have.
By allowing children to put their own stickers to the charts, or maybe draw their marks, they will have fun mixing colours and faces to match certain patterns established in their minds.
They are also fun for children because they shift the focus from completing tasks and chores to accumulating markers and stickers, which leads us to the next point…
Why are reward charts motivating?
Motivation to complete reward charts comes simply from the sense of progress they provide at all times.
As a parent, make sure to put the chart easily visible in the kids bedroom or in the family living room so they will have a constant reminder of the two important elements on the chart: the reward and the progress.
If the appropriate balance between challenge and frequent progress updates, kids will eventually complete the chart and claim their reward, which leads us to the next point…
Why are reward charts fulfilling?
It is well known that adults benefit from small rewards when accomplishing personal goals in life.
So why would children be any different?
Completing a reward chart yields two important outcomes: the reward initially set (the obvious result) but also gives children a strong sense of accomplishment for their hard work.
This means that your job as a dedicated parent is to also provide motivation while the chart is being completed incrementally, not only when it is done. Remember that!
By internalising the three reasons above, you can provide your children with the appropriate motivation and will set yourself for success.
It can also be helpful to remember our collection of tips to use a reward chart successfully.
Ready to start?
To help you start off on the right foot, here are some suggestions of reward chart templates for you: