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Ways to Manage Teenagers' Behaviour Effectively Through Reinforcement and Punishment

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Parenting teenagers can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. Some parents even find that parenting young children is easier as compared to teenagers.

Teenagers are at the stage of attaining autonomy and control over their actions and, this might create conflicts with parents as teenagers may begin to behave in a manner that is inappropriate in the eyes of the parents (Santrock, 2019). Hence, how do we alter teenagers' behaviour so that they will behave appropriately?

Operant conditioning is a behavioural learning process where the behaviour is altered due to the consequences of the behaviour.

6 Ways To Discipline Teens. We can all agree that it is easier to to discipline little kids than it is to discipline teens, right?

6 Ways To Discipline Teens

I think that I can hear a collective yes in the background. With little kids we can always turn to our favorite default go-to discipline method which are time-outs where we attempt to separate the child from the situation with the hope that they will calm down. I myself am not a tremendous fan of time-outs. I am aware that we all want our kids to use the time-outs for cooling down, chilling and reflecting but these days I am a bigger fan of time-ins where you offer your child time to talk to you calmly rather than tantruming.

Try both of these methods and see which one works best for you and your children in different situations. Parenting Style Quiz. Do you know your parenting style? Operant Conditioning. Reinforcement. Positive vs Negative Reinforcement. Types of reinforcements. Positive Reinforcement. Negative Reinforcement. Positive Reinforcement - Tips for teaching and parenting. Use The Reward Method To Teach Kids Discipline. Example of positive reinforcers. Schedules of Reinforcement. How frequent should reinforcement be applied when disciplining teenagers?

Learning: Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment. Positive Punishment. Negative Punishment. Types of punishment. Parents' Use of Physical Punishment Increases Violent Behavior Among Youth. Implications of Using Punishment in Managing Teenager's Behaviour. References.