Behavior Contracts Introduction
Behavior contracts help ensure that your child knows what is expected of him or her at home. After a conversation, a written agreement, and an explanation of rewards and consequences, it will be easier for both you and your child to know whether the expected behavior has been followed or disobeyed. Be sure to review the behavior contract with your child regularly to make sure he/she is on track and is still clear about what’s expected.
Selecting a Behavior Contract
We’ve kept the text on our behavior charts focused and as short as feasible. After all, they are not legal documents–and at the same time, less wordy contracts ensure a better chance of the adult and youngster being fully aware of what they are agreeing to. Find the behavior contract that is most suitable for your situation and the kid’s age.
Using Our Behavior Contracts
Aim for your behavior contract to give your child firm limits with clear expectations. Define the reward and consequences, and make sure everyone understands the parameters. Needless to say, there’s a big difference in the details needed for a teenage contract compared to a young child. But contracts can be equally effective for each. It can make life easier for parents to have a written plan, and kids usually like the structure as well. Be sure to review the behavior contract with your child regularly to make sure he/she is on track and is still clear about what’s expected.
Keep it Interesting
Set a clear time frame for your contract and decide after that period is up whether you want to continue with the same contract. You can adjust the rewards and consequences with each fresh contract. You can also fine-tune the behavior expected, even when using the same style of contract.
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