Archive for the ‘positive reinforcement’ tag
September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm
By Kim Ross
One of the best ways to have children behave appropriately is by focusing on rewarding them for good behavior. I find that my kids LOVE to receive little “extras” and it motivates them to think about their actions. Positive reinforcement can often yield better results than punishment.
Here are some great ways to reward behavior:
Give Praise – This goes without saying, really. Simple things like saying “Thank You’”, “I Love You”, and “Good Job”, can sometimes go a long way.
Special Items Or Toys – Have a box filled with little trinkets for the children to select from. When they acheive something we have been working on, or when they go out of their way to do something nice, they get to choose an item from this box as a reward.
Sweet Treats- Reward them with a piece of candy or another treat that is out of the ordinary. This isn’t the best thing to do right around bedtime, but every now and then i let my kids have ice cream in the morning when they’ve behaved well!
Reward With Activity – Use favorite activities or special trips do as a reward. A bounce house place, the zoo, a museum, miniature golf, the water park, etc. are great options for letting kids know they’ve been behaving well.
Give Your Child More Privileges – Kids love to do what they’re usually not allowed to, especially when older children and parents can do them. For example, children love to stay up past their bedtime. Allow them to stay up later usual, watch a “big kid” movie, etc.
Show With Affection - Reward them with some extra snuggle time on the couch or even a big hug.
How do you reward good behavior?