Reward Charts, Discipline And Making The Right Choices

If you haven’t seen on my Instagram yet, the latest news for our family is we are finally expecting a child after a very long journey. I plan on writing up a full post about the first trimester and sharing some thoughts about the whole experience, but for now this blog article is about an entirely different subject. Reward charts and discipline. 

My little boy is now six years old, and he is thriving and loving life. Just as he should be. However, these last few weeks and months I have begun to notice a shift in his behaviour. He was pushing buttons and testing boundaries, he was ignoring warnings and just doing what he wanted. I’d shout, I’d threaten punishment, but the truth is, this didn’t even phase him. Why? Because he knew I wouldn’t follow through. 

A while ago we took Logan to the doctors because we found that he was developing certain tendencies and twitches in his behaviour at home. The doctors advised us that he had what she described as a “Type A Personality” and that he thrives off praise and being told he is doing well. It made sense once we thought about it as we knew he loved to hear he had done well and and continued to do something just to hear that praise. 

We realised that negative language didn’t work well with Logan, and that he was more in tune with positivity. So we changed the way we dealt with things, and for a while it worked. But the main issue specifically lay with me, I was too soft. 

I will admit that I am the type of mum that likes an easy life. It’s a busy day anyway, and if I can get things done quickly, avoid confrontation and arguments swiftly, then I will, just to get through the day. However, the problem with that was Logan realised that he could get me to do anything, and that really he was never told off for doing naughty things. 

With a baby coming next year, I realised that things needed to change, and so I got thinking, chatting to friends and family, about ways that I can encourage better behaviour, a nicer environment at home and more independence from Logan. So I came up with a few methods and to be totally honest with you all, they are working. I thought I would share with you what I have been doing but do check out my Instagram page and also IGTV for a video discussing this in more detail.

REWARDS CHART

To be honest I have tried a reward charts in the past and they have given me varied results. They worked well, but not as well as I had hoped. I realised that I may have been over complicating them in the past, so I tried a more simple approach. At Logans school, they use a reward charts system and give out “dojo’s” for good work and behaviour, the difference is the teacher decides what is worthy of a Dojo. So I applied the same principal with gold stars at home.

There are many things he can get a gold star for. Eating his meals, getting dressed himself, good behaviour, kindness etc. At the end of the day myself and his Papa will chat with him and decide how many he has earned that day and what for. We may even highlight it at the time if we think something was worth a gold star. His aim is to get to twenty stars on his reward charts and he earns himself a prize. He’s loved this, and is already working out what he can do to earn more gold stars and his behaviour has improved. 

DISCIPLINE

There are a couple of things that I have changed when it comes to discipline. I usually would get to a stage where I would shout, which didn’t leave me feeling good or actually make any difference with his behaviour. Sometimes I would threaten things like taking an iPad away etc and then never following through with it. It was doing me no favours really. So having chatted to friends and family, I decided to try out one technique. 

If Logan is doing something wrong, I would give him a warning. If he continues then the punishment would be thirty minutes of no technology. The TV goes off, he can’t use any of his devices, nothing. He can play with his normal toys, he can do his homework, and read etc. But tech is a no go. This actually felt like it could be a punishment for me as well as Logan, as the TV is always on in our house. Guilty!

However, it wasn’t so bad when I did actually have to follow through. He moaned a bit, but then he just got on with it. The thing is, since that one occasion I haven’t had to do it again. The warning seems to be enough at the minute. 

We will also take away gold stars from his chart if he misbehaves. So we do have the choice between the two options. I guess it depends on exactly what he is doing to govern the type of punishment or discipline he will get. 

Overall these things have helped our home life and routine, and also improved Logans behaviour. He will always be an energetic lad. The one thing I have realised is that all children are different, and that not every child is angelic and as well-behaved as I once thought. It’s good to talk. Because let’s face it, motherhood can be lonely at times. 

Let me know what systems work for you in your household. 

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16 Comments

  1. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    October 2, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Reward charts can be really useful when you have children. I used to use these for mine but got out of the habit. I’m not sure why. I will have to start it up again I think.

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      October 3, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      It can be easy to do that, I was the same. But my problem was that I overcomplicated it a little. Hope you find the incentive to start it up again 🙂

  2. October 2, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    A reward chart sounds such a great way of recording praise and letting Logan really see the consequences of his actions.
    C x

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      October 3, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      It has been working really well for us, so hopefully it will continue.

  3. October 2, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    Sticker charts work really well with us as my son thrives on praise too. He loves counting down until he gets his treat and understands the consequences of not behaving

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      October 3, 2019 / 1:14 pm

      That’s the incentive that helps Logan keep going. It has been working really well for us so I am hoping it will continue.

  4. October 2, 2019 / 9:04 pm

    Fantastic that you’ve seen an improvement in Logan’s behaviour. Must feel good to be getting to grips with it and finding ways that work well for him to help his behaviour before you’ve got a baby to deal with too. My youngest thrives on praise too and loves sticker reward charts.

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      October 3, 2019 / 1:14 pm

      It does feel great, like I am getting a little bit of control back. Hopefully it will continue in the right direction.

  5. Rhian Westbury
    October 3, 2019 / 9:21 am

    I think this is such a nice idea to reward him for doing things well, especially if he thrives off praise. Hopefully he’ll be a help with the new baby comes along x

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      October 3, 2019 / 1:15 pm

      Yes it is working so well for us at the moment so my fingers are crossed that it continues that way. 🙂

  6. October 3, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    We’ve been using reward charts for our kids and it’s really helping. I find they are always better behaved when they can see a reward as opposed to a punishment.

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      October 4, 2019 / 5:42 am

      So very true. I think Logan loves the idea of working towards a prize he gets to choose. Added incentive. 🙂

  7. October 3, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    Reward Charts were my go to when I was trying to get my kids to do stuff, eat their veg or even when I was potty training them. Can’t recommend this enough.

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      October 4, 2019 / 5:41 am

      I’m hoping I can stick with it, but also that he still enjoys working towards it as well. It’s working so far so that’s a huge positive 🙂

  8. October 6, 2019 / 8:52 am

    We used reward charts for a time and they worked really well. Having that incentive for them was always a bonus.

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      October 6, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      It is working so well for us, don’t know why I din’t start sooner 🙂