“A big part of preventing bad behavior... is encouraging good behavior when you see it.”
- Sabrina Shafer, Esq.
27 Encouraging Phrases to Motivate Your Child
Sabrina Shafer I Jan 2019
Ever feel like the only words that come out of your mouth are direct orders?
And a quick “good job” doesn’t cut it. Instead of focusing on positive internal qualities, they put the emphasis on outward praise, which does nothing to promote good behavior in the future.
Encouragement (a type of reinforcement) can be as simple as, “You really worked hard!” Here are a few examples to try around your house:
“Empty the trash, be nice to your sister, quit jumping on the couch!!!” A big part of preventing bad behavior, however, is encouraging the good behavior when you see it.