Charts do wonderful things in our home. They help my children stay on track and remind them of the tasks that need to be done throughout the day as well as help them to remember what’s appropriate. Sadly choosing kindness has been difficult for my sons lately. At times they’re best friends but their attitudes switch on a dime and they’re pushing/shoving/saying mean words to each other out of frustration and forgetting to be kind. I realize most of this is normal boy behavior and normal sibling behavior but in efforts to keep them loving more and fighting less I created them a Kindness Chart using PicMonkey.com. It’s similar to the idea of the Superboy Chart we had been using previously except for this chart I’ll be solely focusing on the behaviors that I want to amplify and that’s ‘being kind’. This includes talking nicely to one another, not yelling, gentle hands, playing together, being respectful to everyone in our family, etc.
Everytime I notice my children talking kindly to each other or doing something to helpful I let them know “_______ was very kind of you! Thank you for helping him _______” etc., etc. After they’ve received 20 checkmarks (about a week’s worth) they’re allowed to pick a $5 toy/activity.
For staying on track in the morning before school and afternoon following school, I went on the hunt for a sort of chore chart where I could fill in their tasks that would ensure a smooth morning/afternoon routine.
My 5 year old loves charts and being able to visually track his routine on paper, so Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot’s free weekly chore chart was perfect. I filled in the tasks on Adobe and printed one off for each of my boys. It’s those simple, everyday things that are to be expected but this will help them to quickly get into the zone and have them do it without being asked 4,872 times. “Want your checkmark? Go ______ and tell me when you’re done!”
I have ours hanging on the side of our fridge which will soon becoming the “mom command center” in attempts to keep organized, on track and on time.
Here are two kindness charts to save if you’d like one for your little ones. Just right click, save then print.