I grew up with teachers and a mom who started out as an education major so sticker charts were nothing new to me. I started them Connor when he was pretty young, maybe even as young as two. Pretty much as soon he understood the concept, I was making sticker charts.
When I started they were pretty well thought out, computerized, kept in a special folder with special stickers… There were spaces for seven days, everything was well labeled.
When we first started, just having the stickers and filling up the chart were enough motivation! Then potty training started. Oh, there were sticker charts and folders and more stickers. I even printed them on brightly colored paper. The folder went back and forth to the sitters, it went to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. We started gradually, a sticker for just being willing to sit, then we upped the ante so to speak…. It was failing miserably….. So I added presents! Fill up a row, you get a present…. then a column….. I had a whole box full of presents! We had a whole wall full of sticker charts! And he wasn’t potty trained!
Finally he was potty trained this summer with treats being a greater incentive than a sticker chart! Now, sticker charts are quickly scrawled on a piece of paper with whatever stickers happened to arrive in the mail. I stick to behavior changes that I know he can do. The last one we did was for “no fooling around when getting dressed.” And it was in part because I had bought a cool new coloring book that I didn’t want to have to wait until Christmas. It was one of those huge ones that would be a pain to hide and then wrap. Fooling around while getting dressed has been an ongoing struggle and one that takes up so much of our morning routine. This sticker chart was a great way to change a small behavior and let him earn a reward!