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Rewarding positive behavior can help bring about incremental changes to a child’s behavioral choices.
Children rarely mature through their school-age years without being influenced by, and picking up, bad behaviors, and at some point, they may receive positive reinforcement or attention for doing the wrong things.
When this happens, you can re-teach children positive behavior by reinforcing positive choices and cutting out any form of positive feedback they receive as a result of negative behaviors.
As children enter this stage of cognitive development, they are in the throes of discovering their true personalities. Until this point in their lives, their parents have made most of the decisions for them, and in most cases, the child has little to no input.
Children are also now allowed to use their ways of thinking to make up their minds about things in their lives. Some of the decisions a teenager might have to make include which sports to play, what friends to spend time with, what hairstyle or clothing they prefer, and what household rules they might want to change.
As you might imagine, the views of the early adolescent are often in opposition to the views of the adults in their lives, and this is where conflict begins to develop.
However, parents and other adults in a teenager’s life can learn to understand how this development occurs, and find ways to compromise with the teen to minimise conflict.
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