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Positive reinforcement examples to try with your kids

Positive reinforcement is a concept in behavioral psychology that can be used to help teach and strengthen behaviors. Sometimes can occur naturally, an example of positive reinforcement is when you open a door for someone and might receive thank you in return.  In some cases, people choose to use positive reinforcement very deliberately in order to train and maintain a specific behavior.
Positive reinforcement involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future. When a favorable outcome, event, or reward occurs after an action, that particular response or behavior will be strengthened.

How Positive reinforcement works?

Even adults who receive positive reinforcement for the good work they do, they are motivated to keep going and work harder.  Likewise, children who receive positive reinforcement for their good work are motivated to keep doing it.  It is important to acknowledge and reward the behavior you want to see more often. If you see your child trying, making an effort leading to some improvement, then acknowledge them and let them know that you have noticed the change, rather than only focusing on perfect work. The more often you acknowledge and praise, the more a child will be motivated to repeat the behavior.
There are different ways to reinforce the behavior we want to see or encourage in our children.  Positive reinforcement need not be an object/item. You can positively reinforce your child’s behavior by giving them–
  • a smile
  • gratitude for listening
  • “Well done”
  • a high five
  • a hug
  • a thumbs-up
  • a word of praise/appreciation
  • a sense of pride for their behavior in front of others


Examples of positive reinforcement

Kids repeat behaviors that get attention!

If you want your child to repeat a behavior or keep doing them, then encourage your child by using positive reinforcement.  Some of the behaviors to reinforce are:-

  • Completing their work
  • Cleaning up after playing or class/session
  • Taking turns
  • Playing with siblings/friends
  • Putting effort on a difficult task
  • Finishing their food
  • Spending less time on screen


At wonderLearn, we acknowledge each effort a child makes. Be it in just sitting and listening to his/her educator, trying to color a sheet, saying Hello to friends or exploring their new toys during live sessions.  Educators take time to respond in a positive way by calling each child’s name and praising him/her.  By thanking them for listening attentively. By letting them know how proud we are as their teacher.  By clapping for them, giving thumbs up, etc. These gestures encourage children to repeat the behavior. They feel happy about themselves and also their self-esteem is boosted.


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