Keeping your New Year’s resolutions is tough, so tough in fact that many of us make the same ones year after year. Perhaps we’re going about it the wrong way. Maybe if we used positive reinforcement to encourage good habits we would be much more successful in keeping our resolutions.
Good news, tech can help. You can use iRewardChart for your kids and yourself to encourage positive behavior with custom rewards!
iRewardChart is an app that’s like a classic star chart but with advanced features to help make the experience of earning a star even more rewarding. I first reviewed this amazing app nearly two years ago in one of my first articles, “The Best App Ever!” Since that time, the app has been updated with improvements to make it even easier to use and has become available for nearly all mobile devices. Last month, iRewardChart launched its iPad app.
Using iRewardChart with Kids
Pleading and punishments rarely work to encourage good behavior in kids. If your resolutions include trying to:
- nag less,
- get your kids to do their chores,
- get your kids to do their chores voluntarily, and
- get your kids to do their chores with smiles on their faces,
then you’ll be pleased to know that iRewardChart will help with all of the above. Whether you’re a big believer in positive reinforcement or want to at least give it a try, iRewardChart can help you use rewards instead of punishments to get what you want.
What makes this app especially useful is the ability to customize it for each of your children. Earning stars is only meaningful for your child if the benefits of the stars are worth the effort needed to achieve a star. iRewardChart allows you to personalize the app for each child, you can add your child’s photo as well as select tasks and rewards for each child.
iRewardChart comes pre-loaded with suggested tasks and rewards, but you can easily add others. Discuss with your kids what rewards they want to earn. You can have customized rewards for each child so the goals are meaningful and age-appropriate. I suggest having at least some short-term rewards. If the rewards all take months to achieve, your children might lose interest quickly.
Here’s a Wonder of Tech video demonstrating iRewardChart working its magic:
iRewardChart – It’s Not Just for Children
Why should kids be the only ones who get to earn stars? Use iRewardChart to keep yourself on track for your New Year’s resolutions. If your goal is to exercise four times a week, give yourself a star each time you work out. Set rewards for yourself for each workout session, each week, each month or for the year. Just don’t make a cupcake your reward for working out!
Need motivation to clean out your closet? If the joy of a clutter-free closet isn’t enough, give yourself a star. Or two. Or three. Whatever it takes to get yourself enthusiastic about tackling the task at hand.
Have fun coming up with rewards for yourself. If you have difficulty carving out time for activities you enjoy, you may feel less guilty if you earn your “me time.” Use your stars to relax in a soothing bath or read a book you’ve been meaning to start.
iRewardChart comes in a free Lite version you can use for one child with up to four tasks per week. You can also buy the full version of the app that allows for unlimited children and tasks for $3.99.
iRewardChart is available for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store in full and Lite versions
- iPad in the iTunes App Store in full and Lite versions
- Android devices at Google Play in full and Lite versions
- Android devices and Kindle Fire at the Amazon Appstore in full and Lite versions
- Windows Phone at the Windows Phone store
- Nook at Barnes & Noble
Whether you’re looking for a way to motivate your kids to help or for a way to motivate yourself, check out iRewardChart. Use the power of positive reinforcement to reward good behavior to create a happier household.
Have you tried using positive reinforcement such as iRewardChart on yourself or your kids? What rewards motivate your kids? What rewards motivate you? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below!
*Wag More Bark Less image by Ann Homyak
**Cupcake image by Clever Cupcakes (edited)