Effective Behavior Charts

We Love This Behavior Chart Because:

  • It is colorful, attention grabbing and provides a constant visual reminder of money waiting to be earned. 
  • Money is a powerful reward. It can be used to buy many different things.
  • It suggests a clear contingent rule, "if you do this, you will earn this" and provides immediate reinforcement.
  • It is easily made and chores can be cycled in or out of rotation. 
  •  Different colored cards or markers could be used to denote chores for older vs. younger family members.
***This chart is probably best for 8 year olds and up. Younger children do better with more immediate, primary rewards, (a trinket from the family prize box, a night walk complete with flashlights, helping to cook dinner, playing a game/reading a book together, etc.).

Some Added Suggestions...
On the back of each chore chart list the steps needed for the job to be considered complete and for the money to be earned. 
  • For example, on the back of "Trash Out" you might write:
  • Empty trash cans in each room into the outside pail
  • Place trash lids on top of each outside pail 
  • Pull trash pails to curb
  • Place a clean liner in each inside trash pail 
Even Money Can Lose It's Appeal If It Is Not Spent.
  • Encourage your child to spend some portion of the money each week. If they are saving for a pricey item-suggest they save 2/3 of the money and spend 1/3.
  • If you are using money as a reinforcer, make sure that your child has no other way of obtaining extra money. If your child receives a $20 weekly allowance, she might not be inclined to vacuum the house for an additional dollar. 

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