I have to admit that our house gets a little crazy over the summer. Without the structure that school and steady schedule provide, it’s easy for some rules to be forgotten. Before I know it chores aren’t being done, and the kids whine at the mention of picking up their toys.
And then comes the realization that summer is almost over, and getting the kids back into a schedule is becoming more important by the day. J’s school starts extra early this year, meaning we’ll have to be out of the house 30 minutes earlier than last year – and A is going to pre-k so that’s a whole new addition to our morning routine.
I needed to come up with a system that was easy for all of them to understand, it had to be easy to carry out and easy to be consistent with, because I have my own bad habit of letting bad behavior slide when I’m in the middle of cleaning or rushing to get dinner on the table and I feel like I just don’t have time to carry out a punishment. So, this free printable behavior chart was born. I used green, yellow and red when designing the chart because they use the “stoplight” behavior chart at school, so they are already familiar with the idea that green is good, yellow is a warning and red is trouble.
At the very top there is a “Super Great Awesome Day” position. I reserve this for the days when they’ve behaved in a way that makes me want to reward them for especially good behavior. Sometimes my oldest volunteers to pick up litter, or maybe they’ve been extra thoughtful towards a friend or family member. Some days they’ve just done more hugging than fighting and I want reward them for being good brothers. Reaching this position means they can choose a reward for the rewards jar, a mason jar full of popsicle sticks with rewards on them. The rewards include things like building a fort, movie night, game night, “camping out” in the living room and other small things that we don’t get to do every day. We also use a chore chart, and doing the chores (or not) factor in to where they land on the behavior chart.
We have had so much success with this chart. It really helps the boys to have a visual reminder of their behavior, and it’s been helpful to me too. I’m less likely to let bad behavior slide because the chart is right there in front of me. We’re building good habits all around, now I just have to hope it sticks when they come home cranky from school with a boat load of homework to do!
I’m offering this chart as a free printable. Just click the link to print it, laminate it and hang it up somewhere in your home!
Download and print the chart here: Behavior Chart
And don’t forget to check out the rest of my Back to School series, all August long, for more school themed reviews, crafts, gifts and recipes!