Track Your Child’s Responsibility With A Responsibility Chart
Visual tools that show children how they have been responsible is a great way to positively reinforce responsible actions and increases the likelihood the behavior will get repeated. (Discipline Tip #1: The more attention you give a behavior, the more you see that behavior.)
You can find all kinds of examples online for tracking responsibilities or get creative yourself. Design a chart of your own or have your kids make their own responsibility chart. (Brain Boost Tip #1: Creativity promotes learning.)
In the past, we used a poster board to create a character board. We had the character trait highlighted at the top, and each family member had their own set of post-it notes; we each had a different color. Whenever someone demonstrated the trait of the month, the action was written on their post-it note and stuck to the board. This turned into a psychedelic collage that stayed on display to reinforce character-based actions.
I made this chart to track my 13-year old’s responsible actions so he could see how his choices align with different areas of his life. Throughout the week, we can refer to this chart and help him reflect on what it means to be a responsible teenager. (Resiliency Tip #1: Reflecting on past experiences creates a frame of reference for later decisions.)
A note for the family manager of the house: these types of visual aids can be designed to track what family members need to do as well as what they have accomplished.