Younger kids from 3- 5 years
Every child is different but the general rule is any time from 3 years of age onwards. If a child can associate
getting kisses, cuddles or treats for doing something that makes parents happy then they are ready for a reward chart.
Remember that very young children can get overwhelmed if they have to achieve a large number of stars. It’s important to make sure you recognize the halfway mark with a small treat – a fun activity at home, baking or a simple game would be ideal.
This age group is easily distracted, so be clear about what kind of behavior you’re using the chart to encourage good listening, no more tantrums or even just
Keep him focused by heaping on the praise when he moves up the chart. Let him chose the end reward from a range of 3, to help him remember just what he’s working to achieve.
Older Kids from 5+ years
Use the chart to encourage specific behaviors or arrange daily routines, remember to give your child clear boundaries and goals for his/her behavior .
At this age, your child is beginning to be more aware of the value of items and actions, so try keeping a list of behavior you’d like to encourage, alongside a list of things your child could be rewarded with for working towards them. Explain that she can gain or lose privileges based on her good or bad behavior, and try using a thought box or video diary instead of disciplining with time out.
Let your child help choose the final reward, and make sure she receives it promptly so she remembers just what she was working for.