May 21, 2005 Planning, monitoring and assessing outcomes is the key to improving any system. In business we set and monitor KPTs (Key Performance Targets) and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and everyone is clear on the desired outcomes and their rewards. It makes sense to do the same thing with children, to set patterns and reward the best behaviours but few families ever get beyond the most rudimentary systems because there’s no yardstick. Until now that is – EasyChild is a behaviour modification software system designed to encourage children to succeed in life. This behavioural software system is designed to help raise children with consistent rewards for their achievements.
Designed by INC Magazine's Software Entrepreneur of the Year , Leland Ancier, EasyChild, developed the system out of his own experience with his son's frustrations in school. Ancier got assistance and input from several noted child psychologists in writing and testing the system over a two-year period. EasyChild was designed to reduce family stress and arguments, establish clear expectations for routines, chores and behaviours, promote earned rewards through an incentive-based system, encourage parents and children to make decisions together and encourage children to adapt to a family's morals and ethics
EasyChild correlates behaviour to the world of work. The values learned have a lasting effect on our children. Built into the program, there is an immediate value and profound effect in a families’ home life. EasyChild is for any parent or teacher who is facing the age old challenge of raising or teaching kids in today’s world.
EasyChild is a simple parenting aid and child encouragement system that leads to marked improvement in households with children ages 4 through 17 by eliminating disagreements and arguments between parents and children.
Simply, the system consists of a CD-ROM that creates weekly chore, behaviour and reward charts that parents and children together input, i.e. doing homework on time, no sibling arguments, no talking back, helping with chores, etc.
Each chore or behaviour is given a numeric value and at the end of a week, the numbers are tallied. If the children reach an agreed-upon level, they are given the earned rewards, such as a toy they've been wanting, extra allowance, a sleepover, a special trip to an amusement park or anything else the family agrees upon.
In addition, the system helps children come to learn a lifelong lesson: no reward comes without earning it.
According to statistics, it is not uncommon for children and teens to nag an average of 9 times to get what they want (source: Newsweek, September 13, 2004). In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of television programs (Nanny 911, Dr. Phil) and major national news stories (Time Magazine and others) which cover parenting in terms of how to teach children responsibility without punishment or negativity in the home or school.
The system is game-like, and the developers claim that children love it. Placing the Point Sheet and Privilege Level Chart where all can follow it during the week lets parents and children track how they are doing and take immediate action to successfully achieve a week's points.
EasyChild comes in three versions: Basics (US$29.95), Standard (US$59.95) and Deluxe (US$99.95). An Easy-Classroom edition will soon be available for school teachers.