You have no idea how excited I am to finally be introducing Character Badges to you! This program is not brought about by anything I’ve done, rather it is the work of my very talented husband. During his summer break (he is a senior in college) he surprised me by creating the program because he saw a need in our home. You won’t see any clip art in this program! All the graphics were painstakingly created from scratch by him.
Why did we create Character Badges?
It was one of those days. You know, the one where the 8 year old is taking an hour to do his 10 minute chore. The 10 year old has a bad attitude, and the 5 year old is upset because you picked out her clothes that morning. The house is a mess and all of a sudden it happens.
You start yelling. And grounding everyone to their rooms for the day. The tears come, you march to your room and shut the door, and wonder why you can’t get everyone to obey. You rest, you recoup and purpose to do better the next day.
But it happens again. And again. You start to see discouraging signs of fatigue in your children – they’re beginning to disregard your instructions. Your raised voice startled them at first and they straightened up their ways, but more and more they just ignore it. You start to feel guilty about being harsh and pull back from correcting your children, fearing you’ll lose their respect all together but you know this isn’t the solution either. You need to be firm yet encouraging in the way you train your little ones.
Character Badges was created out of a need in our home to bring consistency to the way we train our children. Instead of just blindly coming up with consequences when misbehavior happens, Character Badges helps you and the child know exactly what consequence is affixed to the wrong behavior.
How Does Character Badges Work?
The unique and most rewarding part of this program are the reward charts and badges. Being consistent with correcting your children is important, but being consistent with how you reward them for their good behavior is just as important. As the child is seen exhibiting good character attributes they get to put checks on their Obedience Chart. They work towards earning character badges, and extra special #1, #2, and #3 badges. Each of these badges are colorful stickers that your child can wear on their clothing or display in a prominent place.
There’s also a flexible reward system that has been designed to go along with the system. Parents are able to award Character Coins to their children when they receive a #1, #2, or #3 badge. These special coins can be saved and applied towards the rewards listed on the rewards chart. Most of these rewards don’t cost a thing (family bike ride, family movie night) and there are even empty slots provided for parents to come up with their own rewards!
Character Badges is designed for ages 5-12.
How Has It Helped Our Children?
We have been blessed by using this program for 6 months now. Our children have become accustomed to the charts, and love earning their badges and good checks. The behavior in our children has really improved and they know exactly what to expect when they do something wrong. We even find them encouraging their siblings to do better, as sometimes we give them group prizes to work towards together.
Every month we erase their charts and start fresh and if we forget a day or two and try to run on autopilot, we can definitely see a difference in how we parent and how our children behave. This system has become a great help for us and I’m so grateful to have it in our home!
Another great feature of the program is its flexibility. If you decide you only want to use the reward system, that is fine. If you only want to use the disobedience charts to keep track of your children’s behavior, that is fine too. We encourage use of the full program, but we know every family is different!
The feedback from those that have seen the program has been very encouraging. Here is what one mom said:
“From the first moment I began looking over the Character Badges Manual I just knew this was something I wanted to use with my children right away. We’ve let way too many acts of disobedience slide through the cracks and it’s time to get a hold on it. I’m excited about starting the Character Badges program with them and can’t wait to see positive results. And, I just know they’ll be more eager to obey when wearing a badge is involved! ” – Heather at RaisingMightyArrows.net
How Do We Buy This Program?
Just head over to characterbadges.com/shop. Everything you need is right there.
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