Parenting - Parenting styles | 2-12 yrs

Positive Reinforcement: The Right Way To Discipline Your Child


Positive reinforcement refers to rewarding good behaviour with the objective of strengthening or reinforcing it.

Positive reinforcement can be extremely useful in inculcating good behaviour in a child. Young children are still unsure of what is right or wrong; so, appreciating them when they do something right signals to them that such behaviour is desirable. Appreciation also increases the likelihood of children adopting and persisting with good behaviours in the future. 

Reinforcing children's good behaviour as a means of discipline works better than punishing them for bad behaviour. This is because children wish to be loved and appreciated. Punishment does not serve to make a child shun bad behaviour, as the child doesn't understand that what he is doing is unacceptable. It simply puts fear in the mind of a child and makes him refrain from indulging in bad behaviour. 

Go through our ClipBook to learn how you can use positive reinforcement to make your child a better person. 


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