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parents look for creative ways to guide their children in
the process of learning new skills and putting away
childish habits. Parents try all kinds of systems to make
discipline in their homes easier. One of the easiest,
cheapest and most effective ways that I've found to help
accomplish the goals of my parenting is a chart.
I thought of the chart method as I walked through a art
supply store one day. I saw the large pieces of poster
board and the thought struck me instantly: make a chart
that will help your kids take ownership and get excited
about the responsibilities you are trying to teach them.
It was as simple as that. I picked up a few pieces of
large white poster board and headed home determined to
institute the chart system with my four young children.
The great thing about using the chart system for your
children is that it is flexible. You can design your
chart to work on any variety of skills or
responsibilities that you are focusing on in your home.
The section of the chart devoted to help me two-year-old
start to enjoy potty training obviously looks differently
than my eight-year-olds column for making her own bed
each day. Think about each of your children and the
specific things are have been asking them to work on.
Take maybe four or five specific things for each child
and make a chart that displays each child's name and each
task you hope they accomplish.
My chart looks like a graph that displays the child's
name, the four or five responsibilities I want them to
work on, and then space for each of the seven days of the
week. My children all know what I expect of them, and
each day that they accomplish a task they get to put a
sticker of their choice in that space. They have gotten
so excited about filling their columns up that they
rarely complain about doing their tasks each day. Of
course, it doesn't hurt that there is a reward for
filling all of your spaces on the chart each week. The
rewards for each child vary based on their ages and
tastes, but I make sure that they are rewarded in ways
that will inspire them to keep learning new
responsibilities with joy.
I'd encourage any parents to institute the chart system
and see how your children begin to love seeing stickers
fill the spaces on their chart.
making the chart system a part of her home, Julee
Mitchelsin has authored several articles on making
discipline an important part of the home. Read more at www.chartgoods.info
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Rachel Suesskow - A Juggling Mum