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Children certainly know which buttons to press to annoy us. But, shouting and losing control (however tempting) is not the way to deal with a child who is misbehaving. There is one technique that can bring excellent results: the humble sticker chart!
The sticker chart is a great way to give positive attention to a child when they have been especially good. Simply add a new sticker to a chart each time you see good behaviour and remove one if you see bad behaviour. Display the chart somewhere your child will see it: on the fridge or a wardrobe door.
Firstly, explain to your child what the chart is about. Children love stickers: they are colourful, easy for them to use, and when they are awarded a sticker they always feel special. Perhaps allow your child to choose which stickers they can use for their chart. Write their name clearly on the chart or add a photo. Make sure they understand how it will work!
Sticker charts work for all sorts of occasions: potty training, eating well, doing school homework or just being good! In the run up to Christmas sticker charts are especially popular! Will Father Christmas see a chart full of good stickers and leave lots of presents?
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Here are some tips:
- Be consistent with the awarding of stickers.
- Don't forget to add a sticker and don't put-off adding a sticker because you are too busy... make sure its done straight after you see the good behaviour.
- Be really enthusiastic about the chart and the good behaviour.
- Take stickers out with you so you can still award them when you are away from home. They could wear the stickers on their clothes until you get home.
- Don't forget the big treat/outing when the sticker chart is complete. It needn't be a huge, expensive gift... just a little something as a reminder of your child's achievement.
- Do make sure you still hug, encourage and chat to your child along the way... the sticker chart is just one part of the reward for being well behaved.