At times I have heard parents say that they do not believe in sticker charts because children should just be intrinsically motivated to behave or because the parent "shouldn't have to" reward the child for something that the child is expected to do.
I am not arguing that you give your child a sticker for every behavior.
Children learn about what behaviors are acceptable and not acceptable based on the consequences of them.
If you want a child to do a behavior more often, a reward will help.
Any person who has ever gotten up on Monday morning, looked longingly at their comfy bed, and still gone to work is an illustration of this principle.
Trying to change every child behavior at once will be overwhelming to a child.
" If you ask your child to choose from a few potential prizes, you are setting limits on how much you are willing to spend on a prize, and you are also giving your child some buy-in with the process.
Kids are more motivated to do things when they have been giving choices during the process.
That type of reward will be difficult for a child to work towards because the prize will not be earned for a long time.
Many times the stickers cease to have meaning if the prize is too distant or if too many stickers need to be earned in order to earn the prize.