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Using Positive Reinforcement

Using positive reinforcement is a great way to teach your children good behavior. Watch this video for examples of how to use this discipline strategy.

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[MUSIC] Positive reinforcements means, things that we do after behavior, to make it more likely that that behavior will occur again. Very good! Put it over here! They include things like smiling at our kids, or giving them our full attention, or giving them a hug. They can also include things like stickers, or points, or a special prize, after they've done something nice. It's easy to notice when our children are mis-behaving. But we need to make a conscious effort to notice when our children are doing it right. This is what teaches them the right way to behave. Let's say you want your child to do a better job picking up. Well, there's two possible approaches. You can yell at them for leaving such a mess all the time, but that's not gonna inspire your child to start picking up. If you notice when they pick up a little bit, you say, oh, thank you so much, that's really helpful. That's gonna inspire your child to do even more picking up. The best kinds of praise for children are the ones. That tap into the core components of self esteem. Yeah. Good job. Nice work. So, we might say to a child you worked really hard on this, or you did it. We can also talk about, there impact on other people. We can say I really enjoyed hearing your sing, or that was a very kind thing you did for Sam. A lot of parents wonder about using a good behaviour chart. These can be useful for getting over a hump kind of behaviors. Now we want to be careful not to over use a good behavior charts. Because they can set up a really unattractive pattern, where our children ask, so, what do I get if I do that? In general, I prefer natural kinds of positive reinforcement a smile, a hug, an extra attention, or even some extra privilege that they've earned.