Catch your child being good! As adults/parents/professionals, we often make the mistake of providing children (and other adults for that matter!) with attention only when something is going wrong. When children are engaging in desired behavior, it is often easy to just let them be! Let sleeping dogs lie, right? Wrong! It is important to show children that they receive our attention and praise when they are engaging in the behavior we want to see! Rather than catching them being less-than-perfect, try to catch them doing the right thing. This way we are reinforcing (i.e. increasing) the behavior we want to see rather than only providing lots of attention for the behavior we would rather not see!
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