How It Works
Children begin each day with their green card at the front of the pack. The cards will be prominently displayed in the special card box, so that your child(ren) will be well-aware of the fact that they are "doing great."
The first time a disruption occurs, your child should be given a verbal reminder of whatever negative behavior they are exhibiting, the rule that corresponds, and the positive behavior you would like him/her to exhibit instead. Part of the procedure in this behavior plan is that the child should also be told what will happen next if they decide to continue not following the rules. This next step would be to move the green behavior card to the back of the pack - revealing the next one, which is the yellow "Warning" card.
This exchange might sound something like this:
Mom: "Alex, I see that you have not started your homework yet. One of your rules is to 'Follow directions the first time they are given.' I asked you to get started on your homework 5 minutes ago. I would like you to stop watching TV and get started on your assignments. If you choose to continue this behavior, the next step is that I will ask you to flip your card, and you will have my warning" (or go to your room, or lose a privilege...depending on which card is next in the line-up.)
Alex: "Okay, Mom."
Let's imagine, that Alex continues to watch TV, or engages in another negative behavior which is against the rules - like grabbing a toy away from his sister. The next exchange would sound something like this:
Mom: (calmly) "Alex, you just grabbed that toy out of your sister's hand...without asking for permission to see it, first. In this house, our rule is "Be courteous to others." Grabbing a toy from someone is not being courteous. Please go over and flip your card to yellow. You now have my warning. The next step is that you will flip your card to red, and you will be asked to go to your room until you are ready to demonstrate appropriate behavior. Now I suggest that you apologize to your sister and get started on those homework assignments."
Alex: "Yes, Mom. Sorry, Sis."
This procedure will continue throughout the day. With each disruption will come more significant punishments, as laid out by what you already have written on the cards. The purple card is technically the last card in the line-up. Here is where you have listed privileges to be lost. If negative behaviors continue, the child will lose more and more privileges. Privilege loss can be for the day, or any other amount of time warranted by the behavior.