The value of reinforcing positive behaviour for our teens
As children approach adolescence, they sometimes begin testing limits, bending the rules and otherwise going against the grain. While this is normal behaviour for teens, it can be incredibly trying for you, as a parent. Teenagers may also be dealing with the stresses that come with trying to fit in with their peers and assert their growing independence. However, at the same time, they are looking for validation from the adults around them. It's crucial, therefore, for parents and teachers to provide as much guidance and positive reinforcement as possible, rather than simply tightening the rules. While it may be challenging to reward and praise a teen, who may appear to be indifferent to us, it's well worth the effort. Benefits of Positive Reinforcement for Teens Although they probably won't admit it, teens crave approval from trusted adults in their world. According to a University College-London study, researchers compared decision-making in teens (aged 12-17) and adults (aged 18-32).
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