Child Behavior and Chore Charts
Now included free with each purchase of the Family Values Worksheet and Contracts is an editable Teen/Child Behavior Chart. Behavior charts are useful when trying to modify a bad behavior, or encourage a good behavior. It is a daily visual aid to teens or children as well as parents. By keeping your behavior/chore chart prominently displayed in a common area and updating it on a regular basis everyone is reminded on a constant basis about the things they are striving to do/not do and the reward or consequence associated with them.
Using the behavioral chart is simple.
There is a section for good behaviors and a section for bad behaviors. Desired behaviors are listed under the good behaviors and awarded points or tokens. Unwanted behaviors are listed under the bad behaviors and awarded negative points or tokens. Rewards are set to encourage the positive points or tokens. You can add up to 15 positive behaviors and 15 negative behaviors. The rating is called Points by default but you can change that to suit your family. You can give each behavior a positive or negative point or token value. Each week the behavior chart can be edited and printed to add behaviors you want to encourage or discourage. This is a handy feature due to the fact that a child may focus and do well on the behaviors that are on the chart that week but may have other behavior issues that arise during that week that you wish to address in the following week/weeks.
The behavior chart can also be used as a chores chart or chores list. Because you can change the positive or negative behaviors you are hoping to change you can also use this chart to list chores your child/teen is expected to do on a daily basis. This allows you to reward points for chores that are done, and take away points for things such as leaving a mess, or not putting away their toys. You may even use the same list in the positive and negative sections, then if the child completes the chore they receive a point, and if they don’t they receive a negative point. Or you can set up a point system for how well the chores are done. For instance, your child feels that tossing his covers up is “making the bed”, but you feel “making the bed” means sheets tucked, all foreign objects removed from the bed, and the bedspread neatly folded over the pillows, in this case you may give higher points if the chore is done properly. Although, some parents may feel if the chore is not done correctly they do not award points until the chore is completed to a certain level of satisfaction.