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Rewarding good behavior in children it's not bad if we know how to do it properly, if we flee from material rewards and do not apply it as blackmail so that they behave well. It's about choosing the right type of rewards, how often we reward, and why or under what circumstances we do so.
As parents involved in the education of our children, on many occasions, we have doubts about whether it is good or bad to reward or reward the good behavior of children. And if we do it, when we should do it, how often or what type of rewards are the most appropriate depending on the age.
Generally when we talk about rewarding the good behavior of our children we think of something material, something tangible like a candy or a gift, forgetting that the best rewards are intangible: praise, hugs, the time we share together, watch a movie sharing some popcorn on the sofa at home, tell them a story, put music to them and dance for a while in the living room, ...
These are the best rewards that we can give our children, since in addition to reinforcing their self-esteem and letting them know that what they have done is right and is what we expect of them.
It is also true that sometimes material prizes may be timely from time to time, such as preparing a special meal that we know they like a lot or taking them to the zoo or the movies for having done something very well.
If material rewards do not become a custom or an obligation there is no problem in using them in a timely manner to reinforce good behavior, such as buying her a book after a bad time. In this way, it is unlikely that our child will get used to obeying simply so that we buy things for him.
Of course, getting used to obeying based on rewards can make our son become a blackmailerBut wearing them every now and then is a display of affection that doesn't have to be habit-forming or misinterpreted.
As always common sense is the best advisor. The goal is for the child to feel satisfied and proud of his good behavior and that in the future he will know how to behave simply by knowing that this is the correct way to act.
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