Behavior Chart - Day 1
I have created a behavior chart for my kids. We started with it today.
I've taken a foam poster board and did 7 different colors. Each day, my kids will start on green, which is placed in the middle. They can move down for bad behavior, and move up for good behavior. If they stay above green for at least 4 days out of 7, they get to choose something out of their treasure box. The treasure box that I created just has a bunch of little dollar toys from Target's $1 section, some candy and then some special gifts that I know the kids would like. If they get on red (which is at the very bottom) they automatically lose their privileges for the remainder of the day (tv, snacks, movie at night, etc) and they lose their chance for earning the treasure box at the end of the week.
Just as a notice, they get to move up and down based on their behavior. Hitting, talking back, not listening, etc gets them moved down. Doing what they are told, behaving, and being respective and nice to their siblings gets them moved up. I really didn't know how this would work, and really thought that my girls would take well to it and that my son just wouldn't care. It turns out, that it's practically the opposite.
Yesterday, my 3.5 year old little boy did really well. He behaved, did what he was told and earned himself a purple star (which is on the paper clip at the top). Since we are doing the treasure box every Saturday, I'm only requiring them to be on green or above for 2 days and they can earn a treasure chest surprise. My girls, however, already lost that privilege. They fought as soon as my daughter got back from gymnastics and I told them I wanted their room clean before they went to bed. It should have taken a whopping 30 minutes and they had an hour and a 1/2 to do it. I just caught them playing or dancing and singing instead of cleaning. Then, they started fighting some more. They ended up in Orange - Time Out for the evening.
Currently, all 3 of them are at green. My son and 6 year old daughter went to pink (Good Job) for cleaning but then I caught my 6 year old drawing on a toy and my 3.5 year old hit the 6 year old with the remote - so they moved back down to green. My oldest is still at green because she isn't home and is at gymnastics and hasn't had the opportunity to move up or down yet.
My 3 year old gets really upset when he moves down though so I think this behavior chart could work really well for him in the end. If he continues to behave, he may be the only one choosing something out of the treasure chest today.
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