Implementing a sticker chart system is an effective way to encourage your child’s good behavior. It’s a fun, creative visual for positive reinforcement and one that can save a lot of frustration in your household.
Sticker charts work because they give a child instant gratification. If they do something well, they instantly get to put a sticker on the chart. It gives them a sense of motivation and confidence to see their chart fill with stickers. Many children are already familiar with this type of system at school, so talk to your child’s teacher if he or she uses a sticker system in the classroom. The teacher may be able to give you advice on what works best for your child.
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Some parents choose to use a sticker chart only for specific goals that have a foreseeable end, like potty training. That way, children won’t expect rewards every time they do something good.
To create a chart, list the behaviors or chores you want your child to do. Make it big, easy to read, and colorful. Get stickers that would be appealing to your child. These can be of their favorite cartoon characters or even personalized stickers. Sticker printing services are affordable and will offer your child something special.
Place the chart in an accessible location so it can be seen throughout the day. Anytime your child reaches a goal on the chart, put a sticker next to it. Help your child accomplish these goals by explaining the system, the importance of achieving the goal, and offer plenty of encouragement.