BY RACHEL MESMER LUDWIG, CHILDREN’S SPOA COORDINATOR
One of the things I like most about Parental Guidance is the helpful tips and new ways of looking at parenting issues. I have read in PG about positive reinforcement for example and how it is effective as a skill of parenting as well in the in the role of teaching. Positive reinforcement can be used to encourage a child to complete basic tasks such as cleaning up, brushing teeth, or washing hands. It can also be use to diminish some behaviors that are less appealing like not following directives or name calling. Basically, positive reinforcement is a way of specifying behaviors that are desirable and encouraging those behaviors to keep happening. This has been shown to work with children as a part of pretty much every parenting resource I can think of. When a skill works, why not consider other areas you can use this same way of thinking? Let's think through together how this technique works and how we use it and how we could potentially use it as adults, not just with children but with adults – ourselves and others.