Let your child choose which sticker she puts on the chart to show she's completed the task.
Gaining cooperation from young children is often a difficult task, but a weekly chart can help with that. Whether you need a chart to help your child stay in her bed at night or you want her to be more helpful with household chores, a weekly chart will help your child see and meet the goals you have implemented for her.
1Create columns for each of the behaviors or tasks you want to track. Any basic word processing software on your computer will also have several weekly chart formats for you to choose from. Make a column for each task followed by seven rows. Write a different task at the beginning of each column. If you're only tracking a single behavior, create a single row of boxes for the entire week and let her mark off which night that she follows the rule.
2Help your child remember her responsibilities with a sticker or computer image below the written word. For example, if the task was putting away her clothes in the hamper, include an image of a partially open laundry hamper. This is especially important if your chart contains several different behaviors or tasks.
3Highlight the reward for the end of the week. Unlike routine checklists that outline the basic steps for specific activities, a weekly chart encourages your child to correct very specific behaviors. Feature an image of the reward at the bottom of her weekly chart. Seeing the reward alongside her progress will help her keep her eye on the prize.
- Make sure the chart is large enough for your child to easily see the image.Presenting small rewards at the end of each week will give her more motivation than promising a major reward at the end of the month. Having said that, if she doesn't complete the chart, you should not deliver the promised reward.
Things You'll Need
- Whiteboard or poster board