The iRewardChart App Amazes Parents and Kids
It’s no surprise why the iRewardChart app won Best Parenting app of 2010 and 2011 and has been featured on NBC, CNN Money, Blogher, TechCrunch and other heavy hitters in the media industry. I discovered this beautiful little app via my pal, Carolyn, over at The Wonder of Tech and immediately downloaded the light version. Shortly thereafter, I was approached by the creators of the iRewardChart app and asked if I’d like to try the full version of the app and review it here on Like a Bump on a Blog.
I jumped at the opportunity, because I already knew the potential in the iRewardChart app, and it seemed like an easy way to get my daughter to shape up on a few rough areas through positive reinforcement and rewards for good behavior. Not bribery, mind you, but receiving real incentive for doing things properly.
The iRewardChart app is available for Android, iPhone, ipad, and other smartphones, so I chose the iPad version (used more frequently, and I’d be more likely to keep up with the program).
The premise of the iRewardChart app is to customize the chart for your child and set behavior goals to be rewarded with stars. In my case, Ivy (my kiddo) is a good girl, but she had a couple of things needing some improvement. She’s very bright and was rushing to get through her more boring school work. She also had a case of selective hearing, and it was driving me a little batty. My customized goals set for her look like this:
- Listen to mom and dad
- Read a Book
- Do Homework
- Do best work at school
I told Ivy about the iReward Chart app and how it would be implemented the following day and then created the following weekly rewards she could receive by earning enough stars during the week. With younger children, shorter goals appear to be more easily attainable, hence the weekly schedule and not something more long-term.
These are the rewards and point values I set for her on the iRewardChart app:
- Ice cream at school Friday-10 stars
- Small purchase of goodies at the school store-12 stars
- Mighty Kid’s meal-15 stars
- 2 hours of video/computer play during the school week-20 stars
- Go to the movie theater-25 stars
From day one using the iRewardChart app. Ivy responded favorably and started accruing stars. Her school work changed from satisfactory to excellent, I haven’t had to tell her the same thing repeatedly, she likes to read extra books to boost her stars and to achieve her rewards, and I don’t even have to ask her to do homework. She does it on her own! WOW!
Did I mention these quick changes have taken place in a span of only two weeks? Within the last two weeks, Ivy has earned two movie theater visits (one pending), two Mighty Kid meals, four hours of school week video and computer games, two Fridays of yummy ice cream, and two trinkets at the school store. Because she feels like she’s working towards something tangible and not overly difficult to attain, she works harder and happier. I’m super proud of her and delighted with the iRewardChart app.
The iRewardChart app is extremely easy to use and fun for me and my daughter. It tickles me to see her working so hard to earn rewards, and I’m not flustered and unwittingly resorting to negative reinforcement to correct her issues. The iRewardChart truly proves the value of positive reinforcement, and I will continue using the system. As Ivy grows older the goals will change and the potential rewards will differ, but I still think it will work. Time is the teller, however, but I’ll update over time.
Parents, if you have children with behavior “kinks”, you MUST get the amazing iRewardChart app for your smartphone or tablet. You’ll thank me later when you see the benefits.
Have you heard of the iRewardChart app before? If so, tell me in the comments, and if not, tell me if you think it might work for your kids (or not).
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Feature image courtesy of the iRewardchart app creators.