Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 5:
Celebrate the Positive
Catching your child in the act of a positive behavior and acknowledging them for it is called “affirming.” For this to be effective it needs to be sincere, specific and immediate. Think about what you want behavior you want to reduce and praise the opposite when you see it.
Noncompliance is replaced by cooperation.
Pokey behavior is replaced by being on time.
Tantruming is replaced by reacting calmly to disappointment.
Sloppiness is replaced by putting things away.
Children respond to attention. As parents we need to reinforce the positive to eliminate the negative. This is always important to remember and can be used as an effective tool when appropriate.