I’ve been wanting to tell you about a really cool reward chart that I have been trialing for about 6 weeks now. It is called the Champ Ladder. Over two decades of parenting, I’ve tried my share of star charts and reward systems. Many things seem to work for awhile but I have a hard time remembering to KEEP USING THEM. Kids seem to lose their motivation after awhile too.
This system allows you to customize 10 different levels on the chart with rewards and consequences that suit your family. After you fill out an online questionaire, Champladder makes up a fridge chart customized for you right down to the names of the children who will be using the chart.
Just to give you an idea of how it works for us: the kids using the chart at our house are between 5 and 12 years. Kids at level 10, the highest level on the chart, can stay up till 10 pm, plus have all the rewards of lower levels on the chart. Kids at Level 8 can play half an hour of video games during the day. Level 5 or higher earns you the right to participate in sports or swim at the rec center.
Kids earn stars for morning, afternoon, and evening. If they earn 3 stars in a day, they move up the chart one level.
Kids move down the chart by breaking house rules. At our house sassing mom will move you down the chart. So will lying or hurting a sibling or disobeying an older sibling who has been left in charge. This means that ONE bout of disobedience moves you down one whole level on the chart, and it takes a whole day of excellent behavior to move back up.
In 6 weeks of doing this, none of the kids have gone below level 4 on the chart, and usually they are around 8 or 9. This system is REALLY working well for us. Kids have been much better behaved, and I have been less frustrated because if someone is giving me grief, instead of lecturing or cajoling, I just go bump them down on the chart. There are also special reward cards you can use to move a kid up who is showing extra-great behavior.
This system definitely WORKS FOR ME!