The Star Quest Reward Chart multi-level reward system, endorsed by child psychologist Dr. Shannon McHuch, is an advanced tool designed to help parents direct their child’s behaviors via positive reinforcements.
Rewards are given at 3 levels,
Easy to achieve level (Rising Star), which is designed to let your child have early success (simple reward), feel good about themselves, and in turn motivates them to work harder to achieve the next level reward.
Good Behavior level (Shooting Star), which is designed to reward your child for being on the right track (larger reward), and helps them to believe that the highest level reward is achievable.
Desired Behaviour level (Super Star), which when achieved establishes this task as a routine behavior and sets the child on the path for more responsibilities.
The Star Quest Chart is designed in a whimsical manner. Each task is set up as a star quest where the child as an astronaut sets out on an adventure to capture stars.
The chart accommodates up to 3 kids, but don’t limit yourself to tasks by child. You should also use the chart for team-oriented quests that help your children work together to achieve the same reward. This technique sets up an environment where your children urge each other on in order to get the most stars possible. The rewards for these quests can be family-oriented, like a special vacation, or a gaming center, etc.
One of the main philosophies urged by Dr. McHugh is that we should limit the quests to a maximum of 3 for each child. This approach provides greater focus for the child and increases the chances for success. Too many chores will overwhelm any child and quickly create a negative environment. Even as adults, we need to have focus in order to achieve our own tasks.
We hope you have fun as a family with this chart, engage your children and achieve the behaviors you wish to establish for your kids.