Health Tip: When Children Break the Rules12/26/11
(HealthDay News) -- Children often perpetuate a behavior when
it's rewarded, and stop a behavior when it's ignored, the American
Academy of Family Physicians says.
So what can parents do to encourage good behavior? The academy
offers these suggestions:
- Make it clear that bad behavior is not acceptable.
- Be clear in explaining the rules and your expectations, and how
the child can be rewarded.
- Instead of punishing a child for not following the rules, do
not give the child any reward.
- Rewards may be determined by setting a timer for completion of
a task, or by giving children a "star" each time they practice good
behavior. After a predetermined number of stars is reached, give
the child a reward.
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