Making a behavior chart entails planning, determining the rewards for good behavior, discussing the chart with the children, including attainable expectations and being consistent. Behavior charts help to keep children motivated and to avoid negative behavior. They can also be utilized to keep track of reading, homework, pet care and other chores. For behavior charts to work effectively, they must be used correctly.
Planning is essential for determining bad and good behaviors. Outline the behaviors that a child must implement and those that a child needs to change. Keep the age of a child in mind while defining behaviors.
After highlighting the good behaviors, create a reward or points system by which the child gets rewarded for positive acts. A child must also understand the stipulations of the plan. He needs to know the rewards and consequences of his specific behaviors.
A parent must also ensure that the goals and expectations highlighted on the behavior chart are attainable. They should be realistic, or the whole process can be frustrating. Parents must not expect perfection within a short time. If it is a weekly or monthly chart, it is vital to follow up persistently before giving up. Place the chart where it is visible to a child so that he remembers his goals.