How to Use Positive Reinforcement to Improve Your Child's Behavior
When your child misbehaves, rewards might be the last thing on your mind. But, positive reinforcement can be one of the most effective behavior modification techniques.1 You can use positive reinforcement to encourage prosocial behaviors, like sharing or following directions. And, you can use it to prevent misbehavior, like hitting and rule violations. Positive reinforcement can also be an effective way to encourage and motivate your child to be responsible, do their chores, get along with their siblings, or complete their homework assignments without arguing. How Positive Reinforcement Works Most adults go to work so they can receive a paycheck. Like adults, kids who receive positive reinforcement for their good work are motivated to keep working hard. So, it's important to reward the behavior you want to see more often, rather than focusing on their negative actions. Examples of Positive Reinforcement Behaviors to Reinforce Schedules of Reinforcement The same can be said for your child.
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