Frequently Asked Questions
On this page we've tried to collect answers to the most commonly asked questions about Character Badges. If you still don't see what you're looking for, feel free to contact us, anytime. We're happy to help!
Scroll down or click below for questions related to the following categories:
Q: How are badges earned in the Character Badges system?
A: Your child earns a Character Badge whenever the fill up the top row on their Obedience Chart (we call this the Character Row). There are 21 spaces in this row. At the end of each day, you determine if your child has made a good effort to exhibit a particular character quality. If you determine that they have, they earn a check. If you determine that they haven't, they have to wait until the next day. If they earn 21 checks over the course of a month, they receive a Character Badge to place in their Rewards Sticker Book.
Q: What's the meaning behind the imagery on each badge?
A: Each character trait in the Character Badges system is represented by an animal. Here are the animals behind each badge:
Helpfulness – The Horse
Initiative – The Ant
Diligence – The Beaver
Obedience – The Dove
Tidiness – The Bee
Kindness – The Dog
Respectfulness – The Sheep
Cheerfulness – The Bluebird
Included in the instruction manual and also on the Character Flash Cards are descriptions of how each of these animals exhibits their particular character trait. These are provided to help bring the character traits to life in a memorable way for children.
Q: How many Character Badges are included in the Rewards Sticker Book?
A: Each Rewards Sticker Book includes 24 Character Badges – more than enough for 1 year of use.
Q: What do children do with their Character Badge once they've earned it?
A: They place it in their Rewards Sticker Book. Each sticker book contains 12 pages (one page per month) and over 700 stickers (including 24 Character Badge stickers). Once a Character Badge is earned it is placed in a special space at the bottom the page representing the month in which it was earned.
Character Badges Sets
Q: How many children is the Character Badges Base Set designed for?
A: The Character Badges Base set contains all the materials needed for use with one child. That said, it also contains materials that can be used with multiple children if desired (The Rewards Chart, The Consequence Chart, The Do's & Don'ts Poster, dry-erase marker, instruction manual). If you will be using Character Badges with more than 1 child, Additional Child Sets may be purchased which include the materials needed to "build" upon the Base Set.
Q: Do I need to purchase multiple Base Sets for use with multiple children?
A: No. For example, a family purchasing Character Badges for use with 3 children would need 1 Base Set and 2 Additional Child Sets.
Q: I ordered Character Badges sets for multiple children. Why don't I receive multiple Consequence Charts and Rewards Charts?
A: Every parent is different in their training preferences. Most parents will use the same Consequence Chart and Rewards Chart for multiple children, while others may want one for each child. Since the Consequence Chart and Rewards Chart are able to be used for multiple children, we only package one with each Character Badges Base Set. However, additional charts may be purchased separately if desired.
Q: Do you offer a printable version of Character Badges?
A: Yes we do! Printable Character Badges is a low cost alternative to the physical system. While it requires more set up time from month to month, one PDF download enables you to print off charts for all the children own your family ages 5-13 - forever! What’s more, it functions almost exactly like the physical version. Just add some coins (you can use plastic play coins or purchase Character Coins directly from us) and you’re ready to go!
Q: How are Character Coins awarded?
A: Whenever your child fills a row of star stickers in their Rewards Sticker Book they earn a Character Coin. There are 6 empty spaces in each row. A full row of green star stickers earns them a green 5¢ coin. A full row of blue star stickers earns them a blue 10¢ coin. And a full row of purple star stickers earns them a purple 25¢ coin. These fun coins can be saved and turned in for any of the rewards listed on the Rewards Chart.
Q: How many coins are included in a Character Badges Base Set?
Q: How many coins are included in a Character Badges Additional Child Set?
A: Each Additional Child Set contains 15 coins (5 green 5¢ coins, 5 blue 10¢ coins, 5 purple 25¢ coins) to build upon the 30 coins included in the Base Set.
Q: I'd like to offer some purchased items on my child's Rewards Chart but I'm not sure what to set the price at in Character Coins. About how much are Character Coins worth in real money?
A: Oh, they're priceless! (Ok, just kidding.) As a general rule (and remember, you're free to adjust this to your liking) a 25¢ Character Coin is worth around $3.00 in real money. So, if you wrote in a toy on your child's Rewards Chart that cost you $20.00 (in real money), you would set the price of the toy at around 150¢ in Character Coins (or $1.50 if you'd like your child to do the math.)
Q: If my child filled up every row in their Rewards Sticker Book for the month, how many Character Coins would they earn?
A: 110¢ in Character Coins. Specifically they would earn 4 green 5¢ coins, 4 blue 10¢ coins, and 2 purple 25¢ coins.
The Consequence Chart
Q: Do you have any helpful ideas for consequences that I can put on our Consequence Chart?
Q: Can the Consequence Chart be used for multiple children?
A: Absolutely. Using one Consequence Chart for multiple children can help to simplify how you use it to help correct your children. However, you may wish to tailor certain consequences for certain children, particularly if there is a broad age gap between them. If so, you may want to use multiple Consequence Charts.
Q: Can I still use the Character Badges system and not use the Consequence Chart?
A: Yes! The Consequence Chart is designed to simply help parents monitor and manage the way in which they train and correct their children. If you choose not to use it, the obedience and rewards side of the system is not affected in any way.
The Disobedience Chart
Q: What are the empty boxes on the Disobedience Chart for?
A: The empty boxes that you see on the Disobedience Chart are what we call "Grace Spaces". When a Grace Space is checked off, there is no consequence, only a warning of sorts as the child sees they're nearing the boxes with numbers in them, or "Consequence Spaces".
Q: What do the numbered boxes on the Disobedience Chart represent?
A: On the Disobedience Chart, numbered boxes are called "Consequence Spaces". Checks in these spaces result in the consequence you listed on your child's Consequence Chart.
Q: Why do some forms of disobedience carry more consequences than others on the Disobedience Chart?
A. Starting at the top of the Disobedience Chart, we've ordered the categories of poor behavior from bad to worse. For example, we know that bad manners should be discouraged, but not as much as mean behavior. Accordingly, you'll find quite a few more Grace Spaces in the 'Bad Manners row', but only one in the 'Mean Behavior row'. This informs your child that certain forms of poor behavior are more serious than others and, as such, carry stricter consequences.
The Do's and Don'ts Poster
Q: What's the purpose of the Do's and Don'ts Poster?
A: The Do's and Don'ts Poster is a helpful resource for use in the home or classroom as you go through the Character Badges system. It contains a list of every category of good and poor behavior found on the Obedience and Disobedience charts as well as simple definitions, examples of the various forms of behavior in action, and scriptural references for you and your child to be able to refer to throughout the day.
Q: How large is the Do's and Don'ts Poster?
A: 17" x 22"
The Obedience Chart
For a quick overview of how the Obedience Chart works, visit our tutorials page.
Q: What are the rows on the Obedience Chart for?
A: There are 8 color coded rows on the Obedience Chart. The top row (purple) is called the "Character Row" and the remaining 7 rows are "Responsibility Rows" (blue). Included in every set of Character Badges is a set of 48 magnetic Character Tabs which allow you to customize your child's chart as you see fit.
At the beginning of each month you select 1 tab related to character to place in your child's Character Row (choose from cheerfulness, diligence, helpfulness, initiative, kindness, obedience, respectfulness, and tidiness). The other 7 rows are reserved for habits, chores and responsibilities such as "Brush your teeth", "Make your bed", "Go to bed on time", "Wash the dishes" etc. Once your tabs are placed, you're ready to start charting!
Q: I know you're supposed to chart for a month on the Obedience Chart. So why are there only 21 spaces in each row instead of 30?
A: There are a couple of reasons for this. First, we know how unpredictable life can be with children. It's hard if not impossible to chart every day of every month. There are field trips, holidays, illnesses, special events, vacations and of course, weekends. So we decided to focus on weekdays and on average, over the course of a year, there are about 21 weekdays per month.
The second reason? There is a lot of research to suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit and Character Badges is all about building good habits. This doesn't apply to every child or every action, but 21 days of consistent activity in any area is definitely a good start.
Q: What are the stars on the Obedience Chart for?
A: Motivation! Whenever your child checks off a star on their Obedience Chart they get to place a star sticker in their Rewards Sticker Book. A full row of star stickers earns them a Character Coin which they can save up and turn in for any of the fun rewards listed on their Rewards Chart!
The Rewards Chart
Q: What are the amounts listed to the right of each reward on the Rewards Chart?
A: Directly to the right of each reward on the Rewards Chart there is a line with a suggested amount as to what the reward should cost your child in Character Coins. These are just suggested amounts - you're free to write over them and either increase or decrease the amount to your liking.
Q: What are the empty slots on the left hand column of the Rewards Chart?
A: These empty slots are provided for you to fill in custom rewards for your child if you so choose. You may write-in special rewards that you know your child would enjoy, or leave them completely blank. You may also choose to change them up from time to time. It's completely up to you.
Q: Does the Character Badges System still work without the Rewards Chart?
A: Yes. In fact, the entire rewards portion of Character Badges is completely optional. It's simply provided as an additional help to parents who wish to offer special rewards in response to their child's good behavior. However, if parents would prefer to simply reward their child with badges, that's perfectly fine.
Q: What age range is Character Badges intended for?
A: The recommended age for Character Badges is 5–13. Due to it's flexibility, parents are able to set up responsibilities, rewards and consequences in Character Badges based upon their child's age.
Q: Is there a version of Character Badges for children younger than 5?
A: Yes! It's called Little Character Badges and it has been specially designed for children ages 3–5.
Q: I have the previous version of Character Badges. What changes have been made to the new version and how is it better?
A: Good question! A lot of improvements have been made to the newest version of Character Badges. Here are the most significant ones:
In the previous version of Character Badges, the Obedience Chart was strictly dry-erase and it contained 9 pre-listed character qualities to be charted each month. The new Obedience Chart is dry-erase and fully magnetic which means it sticks to any metal surface (hello refrigerator). Most importantly, it now accepts magnetic Character Tabs which allow you to customize your child's charts based upon the good habits and responsibilities you'd like your child focus on for the month.
We didn't leave out the character though! The top row of the Obedience Chart is called the Character Row. Now, instead of charting 9 different rows of character, you're zeroing in on one a month and leaving the remaining rows for responsibilities (such as fixing their hair or doing the dishes). Simply choose the appropriate tab, stick it to your chart and you're ready to help your child build habits of good character!
Compared to the previous version, the Obedience Chart has been reduced from 9 to 8 rows, but there are now 21 spaces in each row. Previously, checks were awarded when you determined your child had exhibited a certain character trait, which meant they could potentially earn multiple checks per day (requiring more work from you). In the new version, charting is incredibly simple! Checks are now earned when your child performs the tasks you've listed on their chart and in most cases they can only earn 1 a day. For instance, if you placed the "Make your bed" tab on their chart, they would earn a check when they made their bed for the day – that's it! If they fail to perform a particular task they have to wait until the next day to earn a check.
We've simplified how you chart the Character Row as well. Here, you're making an assessment of how the day went as a whole with regard to the character quality you're focusing on for the month. For instance if you chose "Helpfulness", at the end of the day you're simply asking yourself if your child made a good effort at being helpful. If the answer is "yes", they get a check. If the answer is "no" they don't get a check. It's just that easy.
All New Rewards System!
We've totally revamped rewards in Character Badges and they are better than ever! First off, there's a new Rewards Sticker Book. It colorful and super fun. What's more all of the stickers (including all the Character Badges) are included in the book – no more re-ordering stickers! This makes keeping track of stickers much easier and it also means that the stickers will last for at least one year.
Children no longer wear their Character Badges, they collect them in their sticker book which is great because they can go back and see the progress they've made from month to month. Also, getting star stickers in their sticker book is how they earn Character Coins and it's a much simpler process compared to the previous version of Character Badges.
And so much more.
There's an all new, full color manual with improved diagrams; The Disobedience Chart is now magnetic and the arrangement of grace spaces and consequence spaces has been simplified. The Consequence Chart includes creative consequence suggestions on its back. The Character Coin Bank is now made from a sturdy, laminated, high-gloss card stock. All of the badges have been re-designed and some have new back stories. We even brightened the colors of each Character Coin. In short, it's the best version of Character Badges ever!
Have more questions? We're happy to help.