Improving Parenting Styles: The Power of Positive Reinforcement
Parents| | By Rosie Hallie
Parenting can be very challenging, especially for new parents. This may be one of the main reasons why they conduct twice as many Google searches compared with non-parents. Raising children to be upstanding individuals is a challenge in itself, and there are various schools of thought on how it can be done successfully. Here is something that all parents should know: Positive reinforcement is powerful, and it will make you a better parent and your children better individuals. This video from Parents.com defines positive reinforcement as the things you do after your children exhibit good behavior; those things make it more likely for the behavior to continue. Saying, “good job,” to your children when they make their bed in the morning, or “very good” when they count from one to 10 correctly are just two simple examples of positive reinforcement, but they can go a long way toward promoting good behavior in kids.
Positive reinforcement is one of the pillars of Family Education’s 12 Disciplinary Elements, and is largely based on these two premises:
- Kids want approval for who they are and what they do; and
- Kids want to please you.
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