The magic of positive reinforcement: part 2

by MS Meenakshi

January 18th 2023, 6:28 am

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Positive reinforcement. In part 1- Positive reinforcement: a tool to model behavior, we addressed the different kinds of positive reinforcement. In this post, we continue the subject with benefits.  


Benefits of positive reinforcement


Encourages favorable behavior

Positive reinforcement could encourage a child to repeat the actions that reward them with approving feedback. For example, if you appreciate your child for making their bed, chances are, they will repeat it.


Develops self-esteem 

When you admire something your child does, they feel accepted. They start to feel good about their actions, and this can, in turn, help develop their self-confidence.

Personality development

Children are more likely to behave appropriately when good behavior is encouraged1 than when bad behavior is punished in their early years. Being positive and warm may also reduce instances of tantrums and breakdowns. It can go a long way to helping them develop a well-rounded personality as they grow up. 

How to use positive reinforcement on your child

  • Offering words of encouragement
  • Through touch: hugs, pats, squeezes, or any other way you show affection  
  • Giving treats or other rewards
  • Displaying their work 
  • Creating a chart with weekly accomplishments 
  • Being verbally excited and cheering them on


Remember that while you may want your child to accomplish certain things, try not to push them too hard. 


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DisclaimerThe information provided on this site is NOT medical advice and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, provide medical or behavioral advice, treat, prevent, or cure any disease, condition, or behavior. You should consult with a qualified healthcare professional regarding your child’s development to make a medical diagnosis, determine a treatment for a medical condition, or obtain other related advice.


Reference lumenpsychology/ chapter/ operant-conditioning/Souders, Beata. 9 Apr. 2019, -positive-reinforcement. 

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