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4/18/23 – Influencing and Motivating Children

Influencing and motivating children can be a challenging task for parents, particularly if their child is strong-willed or resistant to change. However, positive reinforcement can be a powerful tool in encouraging desired behaviors and discouraging unwanted behaviors.

One effective strategy for motivating children is to provide positive strokes or positive consequences for desired behaviors. This can include verbal praise, such as “I’m proud of you for doing a great job,” or tangible rewards, such as a sticker or a small treat. By recognizing and rewarding their child’s positive behavior, parents can increase the likelihood of that behavior being repeated in the future.

For example, if a parent sees their child reading a book instead of watching television, they could say something like, “I’m so happy to see you reading! It’s wonderful to see you enjoying a book.” This type of positive stroke can encourage the child to continue reading in the future.

It’s important for parents to remember that it’s easier to increase desired behaviors than it is to decrease unwanted behaviors. By encouraging their child to spend more time doing positive activities, such as reading or playing outside, there will be less time for them to engage in negative behaviors.

In summary, parents can influence and motivate their children by recognizing and rewarding positive behaviors, which can help to encourage those behaviors in the future. By focusing on positive reinforcement, parents can help their children develop healthy habits and behaviors that will benefit them throughout their lives.

1/13/23 – Parenting a strong-willed child

Parenting a strong-willed child can be both a challenge and a joy. These children are determined, independent, and often have a mind of their own. While this can make parenting difficult at times, it can also lead to a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Here are some tips for parenting strong-willed children:

  1. Set clear boundaries and expectations. Strong-willed children need to know what is expected of them and what the consequences will be if they do not meet those expectations. This can help them feel secure and in control.

  2. Allow for independence and self-expression. Strong-willed children often have a lot of energy and ideas, and it’s important to let them express themselves in healthy ways. Encourage them to explore their interests and passions, and give them the freedom to make their own choices within reason.

  3. Be firm and consistent. Strong-willed children can test limits, and it’s important to be consistent with discipline. Stick to your rules and consequences, and don’t give in to manipulation or pleading.

  4. Show respect and listen to your child. Strong-willed children often have strong opinions, and it’s important to listen to them and respect their feelings and ideas. Showing respect can help build trust and open lines of communication between you and your child.

  5. Be a role model. Strong-willed children often learn by example, so it’s important to set a good one. Show your child how to handle difficult situations with grace and determination.

Parenting strong-willed children can be a challenging and rewarding experience. We teach parents how to accomplish all of the above using a proven method that has been around for over three decades, so that you can help your child develop into a confident and successful adult.

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