Using positive feedback to improve a child's behavior

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If you're trying to improve the behavior of your child, remember that all kids want is acceptance, approval and appreciation.

  • Catch them being good. Even kids that behave badly a lot behave appropriately more often than not, but the inappropriate behavior gets all the attention.
  • When pointing out a child's mistakes, also tell them what they did right.
  • Praise your child when they use the skills that you have taught them. It reinforces those skills and makes them more likely to use them in the future.
  • Be consistent and praise often. You will be amazed by the change in their behavior.

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