If your children are like mine, I'm sure they struggle with certain behaviors, feelings and skills, and as parents, we only want the best for them, to help them grow and develop in any way we can. Scott Ertl, M.Ed., an elementary school counselor with 16 years' experience, shares our passion for helping our children triumph over their troubles to soar with success. He spent 8 years developing 60 different Progress Cards to help children turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones! I was sent a set of Progress Cards free of charge to review, and my 8-year-old son and I have been giving them a go with some pretty great results so far.
Progress Cards are designed to help children manage and express difficult feelings, learn tips to improve behavior and learn effective coping skills to deal with difficult life events. Progress Cards provide specific behaviors to aid children in reaching goals and improving skills.
Parent Passes are 60 different rewards, both large and small (as sorted by your child), we parents can use to motivate our children to practice new skills and behaviors. Our son's favorite reward so far has been the privilege to cook a special dinner together. The vast majority of the Parent Passes are ways to spend some quality time together with minimal expense, as we all know that quality time with our children is far greater than any amount of money or gifts we can give them.
You can preview and print all 60 Parent Passes at this link: http://www.progresscards.com/Free-Parent-Passes.html
The whole system starts off with the Progress Book. It provides 60 different categories for children to rate themselves on a 1-10 scale. This helps you and your children easily identify their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Then, each week, or as often as appropriate for each individual child, he or she will choose a weakness to work on, pick out the corresponding Progress Card, and read the tips and solutions associated with it. During that week, he or she will refer to the Progress Card, checking off any of the tips, solutions and behaviors they practiced. Once the child has checked off five behaviors, he or she can choose to cash in a small reward Parent Pass, or save up until they've practiced 10 of the behaviors and cash in a big reward.
To help your children identify their current struggles and strengths and create goals they are motivated to achieve, you can download and print the Progress Book for free here: http://www.progresscards.com/Free-Progress-Book.html
Visit the Progress Cards website or Facebook page for more details, further reviews, and to purchase the entire Parent Pack, which includes the Parent Passes, the Progress Book and the 60 Progress Cards, for just $16.99 plus S&H.
This program has been very useful with my 3rd grader, whose biggest issues have been 'Dealing with feelings', 'Dealing with stress' and 'Expressing anger appropriately'. We are currently sticking with these Progress Cards in particular, and we have definitely seen progress in the few weeks since we began using them. We're positive that as long as we continue using the tips, tricks and techniques that are presented on the Progress Cards, as well as positive encouragement from us, our son's behaviors will continue to improve and his self-confidence grow.
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