A reward chart
keeps track of more than kid chores

Why use a reward chart for kids? (If you're already convinced, here's how to get started .)

Even if kids understand expectations, there needs to be follow-up and follow-through to monitor completion of tasks or they probably won't do it.

Your chore chart system provides kid expectations, and it provides you a system to keep track of whether or not they did their work.

A reward chart, on the other hand, is a tool for ongoing and cumulative motivation. This could also be called a behavior chart or a sticker chart. We personally call it a "star chart." We use it to reflect on behavior goals such as reducing sibling fighting , even celebrating their good manners.


Siblings get along with clear expectations for all!

You might be thinking, that sounds like a bribe--why should I provide rewards or an incentive to my kid to do the work they're supposed to do anyway??

I totally agree with you! If your child does their chores with no whining or nagging, you may not need anything like a sticker chart or behavior chart to motivate your kids. However, if your child either starts to push back or is having a hard time learning a habit, then you might find this system useful. Think of the rewards being the "carrot" to encourage their compliance.

Furthermore, a reward/behavior chart/sticker chart is not just for chores! In addition to daily chores, you can add other responsibilities, like

  • I practiced piano
or habits your child is learning, like
  • I put my backpack on my hook
  • I picked up my clothes
or behavior you're trying to correct, like
  • I treated my brother nicely (and guess who gets to decide whether a star has been earned? That's right, the brother!)

You can use behavior charts or sticker charts to gently encourage any kind of good behavior.

(And also read about the " parent report card " that turns the tables in a fun way.)

Try using behavior charts and occasional rewards to acknowledge and celebrate all the positive things your child has done over the course of the day. Now that you know about the benefits of a reward chart, here's how to get started.

With your consistent implementation, your child's feeling of empowerment and responsibility will likely snowball into a habit of competence. As they take on more responsibilities and feel good about doing so, your work load decreases, family strife decreases, and life is good!

What are your biggest sibling frustrations with your kids?

Go to Chore Charts from Reward Charts

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Quick Links:

How to Get Started

Chore Chart Page

Reduce Sibling Fighting

Good Manners in Kids

Parent Report Card