Questions from parents interested
in the Accountable Kids program.
What do I need to get started?
A: The Accountable Kids basic program provides everything you need for one child.
It consists of a book, kit and one hour instructional DVD. The book provides essential parenting principles and step-by-step guidelines to implement the program. The DVD gives parents a visual overview of the entire program and the kit includes a progress board and over 80 different cards, tickets, and passes. We recommend purchasing one book and DVD per home and one kit per child. You can purchase these items individually or as part of a package.
Q: What is the
recommended age for the Accountable Kids program?
A: The program is designed for kids three
to fourteen; however, it can be used for younger or older children. In fact,
many parents have purchased the kit for themselves to show their children the
benefits of the Accountable Kids program.
After I place my order, how long will it take for my package to be sent?
A: Orders are typically processed and shipped
within 2-5 business days from our Arizona shipping office. Customers who provide
an e-mail address during the ordering process will receive a UPS tracking number
when the order has been shipped. Customizing the kits with your childï¿½s name
will not extend the shipping time. Accountable Kids also uses USPS to keep
shipping fees low for small packages or packages sent internationally.
Q: What is included in the kit?
A: The Accountable Kids kit includes a natural
wood Progress Board, 50 Reminder Cards, 3 blank Reminder Cards, 10 Tickets, 10
Bonus Bucks, 3 Special Date Cards, 4 Best Behavior Cards, 2 Privilege Passes,
and 2 sticker sheets.
Q: Why do I need a kit for each child?
A: The Accountable Kids board and cards work as a
hands-on day planner for your child. There is something special about having an
individual place for your child to take responsibility for chores, record
positive behaviors and special dates, and track money management. Individual
progress board and cards help shift responsibility from the parent to the
Q: Where do you suggest hanging the Progress
A: Hang your childï¿½s Progress Board in an area
that will be seen throughout the day. The family room, kitchen, and hallway are
all excellent locations. Avoid hanging the board in your childï¿½s room. If the
program is out of sight, it is out of mind. If you have more than one kit, hang
them all in one area.
child is only two years old. How do I know when to start using this program?
A: Learning the different stages of development
can be beneficial for all parents. The entire AK program can be started when a
child begins to associate actions with consequences. This usually occurs
somewhere around three years of age. Parents can utilize parts of the program
at a younger age if they want to focus on specific age related attributes or
learn more about the development of their child. The AK program is presented in
four steps. Each step introduces a new phase until the entire program is
incorporated. Young children may stay on the first step for several months. The
next step is introduced once a child understands and demonstrates the concepts
of the current step.
Q: Is the Accountable Kids program specific to any
A: Although the Accountable Kids program is not
specific to any religion, it does provide cards for families to incorporate
their individual beliefs. Each set of Reminder Cards has a church, scripture,
and prayer card that you can use for your child's daily routine. You can choose
to use these cards if it meets the needs of your family. The Accountable Kids
program is based on the principle of the law of the harvest; you reap what you
sow. The AK program allows your child to experience this principle on a
continuing basis through choices and consequences.
Can I use this program for my teenager?
A: It is much easier to implement the AK program
when your child is young, but the principles presented in the book are
universal to all ages. Many teenagers are amenable to starting the program due
to the empowerment it provides. Talk to your teenager and see if they are
interested in using the components in the AK kit or if they would rather create
agreements and contracts using the forms in the back of the book. We even have
some parents who purchase a kit for themselves to show their kids that everyone
has responsibilities in the home. Parents using the program have commented that
it is just a hand-on day-planner that is fun and interactive.
Q: Is Accountable Kids just for troubled kids?
A: No. The AK program works with all kids.
Parents do learn ways to eliminate negative behaviors, but the focus is on
encouraging positive behaviors, strengthening relationships, and learning
important life skills.
Q: We live in a busy household and our schedule
changes from day to day. How can I use a structured program when it is
necessary to continually direct my child during an unpredictable day?
A: The AK program provides a way for you to stop
dictating every task your child performs. You learn to release control and
teach your child to be responsible for his actions and consequences. The AK
program does not give you more control over your child, but rather gives your
child the ability to make appropriate decisions in order to better control
himself. Your child learns to take control of his own life. This program will
save you time as your child becomes more accountable and no longer requires
your constant direction.
Q: My child has special needs, and I am not
certain this program will work for her.
A: This program is easily tailored for a child
with special needs. Use the program as outlined for the first four steps.
Observe how your child adapts to the program, and then customize it to work
with her individual needs.
Q: Does your program offer a way to discipline a
A: Yes. The Accountable Kids discipline program
provides an avenue to impose negative consequences firmly and compassionately
without physical contact or losing control. Parents learn to discipline a child
in a manner that is respectful, yet effective. Children learn that negative
behaviors result in negative consequences and positive behaviors result in
positive consequences. This shifts the responsibility from the parent to the
child. A major goal of this program is to change a childï¿½s idea of discipline
My child is always arguing with me. How do I change her behavior?
A: This is a common problem for parents. The
purpose of the AK program is to create an environment where a child learns to
make choices and become accountable for those choices. After the program has
been established in your home, your child should know exactly what is expected
and appropriate on a daily basis. Arguing at this point becomes manipulation.
Each time you allow your child to argue, you are encouraging this behavior in
the future. Establish firm consequences for such actions, and then be
consistent and unwavering. If rules need to be changed, the Family Forum is a
good place to talk about it. This way, you are discussing ideas rather than
Q: I have several children, but only one child is
giving me problems. Can I use the AK program for just one child?
A: Unless your child is too young to use the AK
program, include all children. This program is not just for children with
problems. It can be beneficial and enjoyable for all children, regardless of
their specific needs.
Q: My children fight all the time. How can I get
them to get along?
A: Start by taking Tickets every time your
children fight. It is possible to change behavior, but it is not easy or
immediate. Effective discipline teaches your child that negative behaviors have
negative consequences. It is important to teach character traits that develop
internal values and integrity.
Q: Isn't this just another chore chart program?
Our family has done a chore chart program in the past. The program worked for a
few months, but then my children got tired of it.
A: Many parents have been unsuccessful using
chore charts, however the AK program is much more than a basic charting system.
The AK program presents a program with depth, growth potential, and flexibility
that will work with you today and in the future. Most chore charts focus
entirely on getting a child to complete chores. The Accountable Kids program
implements components in a specific manner that encourages children to display
desirable behaviors and eliminate negative behaviors. A specific reinforcement
process is used to produce long-term benefits. This program develops work
ethics as well as character. It is unique in that it teaches parents and
children to become accountable for their actions today and in the future.
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