Bean has been remarkably better behaved since we decided to try our best to cut additives out of her diet. (I have just realised that I haven’t blogged about this, but I will).
Anyway, to reinforce our new strategy with her we decided to implement a reward chart. We have done this before to varying degrees of success. She works really well with the goals and routine of a reward chart. She often does things herself without being asked and loves giving herself stickers for completing tasks. The failure with it lies fairly and squarely with me. I can never seem to find the time to go through it with her every day, or I forget, or I forget to print another chart for the next week.
This weekend we sorted out Bean’s bedroom in preparation for her birthday this week and I found a new spot for the reward chart. I stuck it to the wall in a plastic poly-pocket folder with pretty washi tape (this tape is from Ikea of all places!). I printed out several copies at once, so no forgetting to print one each week and she takes the front one out to stick star stickers when she has completed it. With this reward system she has 9 things she can do each day to earn a star. When she gets to 100 (should be in 2 weeks so achievable for a child her age) she gets to choose a treat. I am trying to steer her away from food based treats and towards other types of rewards like a trip to a soft play centre, or swimming with daddy, or a trip to the shops with mummy.
Send me your best motivational wishes that I will stick to it this time!!
See here for the free downloads of the reward charts I use.