Saturday, October 6, 2012
PARENTING TOPIC: Using Positive Parenting for Bad Behavior
Briefly, research shows that phrasing your feedback to your child in a positive way - as opposed to a negative one - is better at eliciting the good behavior you really want. In other words, don't say things that are negative: Flip and make it positive.
For example, try not to say, "Don't do that!" or "Stop it!" Instead, be as clear as possible. Tell your child what you don't want them to do and follow it up - in an emotionally neutral tone, thankyouverymuch - with what you want them to do exactly. Here's how it works: "Stop standing on the coffe table and keep your feet on the floor." The most important point is to make sure that you've included the part about what you want them to do - not just what you don't want them to do.