Positive reinforcement involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future (Source: verywellmind.com). Thus, when a favorable outcome occurs after an action, that particular behavior or response becomes strengthened. Studies have shown that this can be one of the most effective behavior modification techniques for your children. It encourages positive social behaviors and discourages misbehavior while encouraging and motivating your child to be responsible.
Some simple examples of positive reinforcement include clapping and cheering, giving a high five, hugging or patting them on the back, giving a thumbs-up, and offering a special activity like playing a game. Sharing to other adults how proud you are of your child’s improving behavior is also important when the child is listening. A behavior analyst would recommend that reinforcement be set on specific schedules as well. For instance, when your child is learning a new skill or good behavior, it is important to offer positive reinforcement on a consistent basis. But this does not mean that you need to offer your child a reward every time they wash the dishes, for example. As a parent, you should know when to reinforce your children because you know them well. Over time, you can then space out your reinforcement.
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