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Establishing A Child Reward System 

Sometimes, all children need is a little encouragement and positive reinforcement to ensure they are on the right track in life. Using a child reward system for good behavior is a controversial subject. While some proponents believe it can be a good thing; others think it can be overused; having no affect whatsoever. Here are a few positive reinforcement ideas for kids, when used properly, can help you tame the unruly child.

Do you reward your child for good behavior? Do you buy a toy which he or she has been asking for when they are especially good? Do you use another approach? There are several methods you can use as a child reward system for good behavior, which will not cost anything at all. One is praise. Children need to feel loved. Praising them for an accomplishment or good behavior can reinforce that love. According to experts, verbal reinforcement is the key. Words are very powerful; and when used appropriately, can make all the difference in the world - especially to a child.

Did your child have an especially good day in school? Did he or she share toys with other children during playtime? Did your child help you with a specific chore at home? If so, use the child reward system by allowing him or her to pick a movie, or choose what to have for supper, or given additional time for his or her favorite TV program. Give the child a day off from walking the pet, or taking out the garbage for a week. While rewarding a child for good behavior may seem appropriate; some agree it can be overused so that the child would do anything to be rewarded.

Good behavior in a child means the child was properly raised. Of course, children become unruly; but keep in mind a child reward system may work one time, and one time only. Using positive reinforcement to tell your child he or she has not only been good, but is loved and accepted for who he or she is, can make all the difference. Once that is established, the rest will fall into place.

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