Monday, July 10, 2017

Behavior Tracking Sheet for Kids {free printable}

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So many parents struggle in silence about behavioral issues with their children. We put our best virtual foot forward on Facebook. We pretend that we aren't struggling at playdates. We present ourselves as though there is nothing wrong because we're fearful that we'll be blamed for the struggles our child faces . But in reality, we pray that our child will grow up healthy. We sweat over whether or not our child will meltdown during a trip to the store. We... wonder what it is we did wrong to end up having a child who struggles in this way.


Having a child with behavioral issues is an albatross. It can be embarrassing to talk about because so many are quick to place the blame on parenting and lack of discipline. Documentation can be very helpful for parents just starting out in seeking services from health professionals, for those trying to find specific triggers, or for those just wanting to see what works and what doesn't. There are so many forces at play in our children's lives that can affect their behavior.

When behavior started becoming problematic with my son, I'll be honest, I was in denial. Thought that it'd remedy itself in due time. I was wrong. So when we got to the point where I realized that we needed professional help, I thought it would be good to be able to provide our new provider with daily records of what was happening in our home. There's so much that I'd like to share with you about this journey. But right now, out of respect for Bear's privacy, I'm not posting much. But I'll tell you, it's a hard, hard road.
 
So... here is this... a sheet you can print out to track the daily fluctuations with your kiddo. They've proven to be *very* insightful for us in dealing with Bear's behaviors and informing our providers of what happens when we aren't in sessions. Also included are two other sheets you may find useful. One is a "think sheet" for kiddos to fill out after incidents so that they can think critically about what happened and develop a game plan for next time. The other is a "3 strikes" sheet where you or your kiddo can keep track of poor choices.
 
 
Click the link below to download 

Whatever leg of the journey you're on with your kiddo, I send you lots of love, blessings, and hope. Being a momma is not an easy road. Sometimes parenting is difficult, even painful. Just remember to love. Love through the tantrums, the disrespect, the disobedience. Because our kiddos are hurting and they need to know that in the midst of their pain, they are still treasured.





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