It's Wednesday…VIDEO DAY!! A few weeks ago, in the thick of packing/moving craziness, I found my kids' attitudes and behavior spinning out of control. I was overwhelmed and fed up. I busted out a behavior chart in less than 1 minute that not only worked immediately, but helped everyone in my family – mom and dad included – stop the bad behaviors in their tracks, by way of POSITIVE affirmations and rewards instead of negative, negative, negative!
I posted a brief blurb (and embarrassingly ugly picture) about it on Instagram and Facebook and you all went NUTSO over it! I couldn't believe the response!! I decided to do a video to give you a more in-depth look at HOW this behavior chart works, WHY it works, and WHAT you can do to implement it in your own life…even for teenagers!!
Plus, decided to toss in a FREE printable because I love you!
So I hope you enjoy my Millennial Moms video today. Subscribe to MM if you haven't already since I upload mom tips, advice, hacks, and general tomfoolery every Wednesday, and subscribe to my FunCheapOrFree YouTube Channel where I share live Q&A's, home tours, periscope videos, and other goodness.
Now, onto the video and printable!
Watch online or click and watch below:
Pretty darn simple, right?!
One thing I forgot to mention is that we don't do this chart EVERY week. We will just do it for a week or two (or three) when we need a boost, then cool it…then bring it back. That way no one gets sick of it, nor starts expecting a new prize every week. I just bust it out as-needed and it keeps it fresh…(and easy for mom!).
Again, don't judge me for not making mine all cutesy. Crafting is NOT my gig, ok?? Lucky for you, we've created a free printable so your can look somewhat reasonable instead of wanting to run and hide from shame.
Here's what you need to make this chart:
- The printable or you can make your own like I did in the video. Just hope yours is prettier than mine, ha!
- Simple computer paper or construction paper would do the trick, or you can get fancy with some heavier card stock.
- Clothes pins
- Tape (or something to stick it to a wall or door where everyone can see)
- A sharpie or marker
…and BOOM! You've got yourself a behavior chart.
Inexpensive reward ideas:
Remember, these do NOT have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, pleeeeeeease don't make them so. Here are some fun/cheap/free reward ideas:
- Late bedtime
- A trip to the dollar store to pick out 1 prize
- A date with mom or dad (could even be to a park or somewhere free)
- A new toy – $5 or less (Pokemon cards, Lego sets, Disney Princess something-or-other, or easy art projects, etc.)
- Their favorite dessert
- Family movie party
- A trip to the ice cream or candy shop
- A special playdate or time with friends
- A few extra dollars to contribute toward something they are saving up for
Just find what motivates YOUR child! I'm a big believer in The 5 Love Languages and believe that each person is driven by different motivations and feelings of love. Find what works for them…simply by asking.
Whether you make it cute or simple, I hope it works for you and your family!
Again, click here for the free printable, and let me know if this chart works for you like it's worked for us!
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