Effective Praise: Instill Good Behavior Through Positive Reinforcement

How do you discipline your child? Most of the parents would admit to having    spanked their children at      least once. In behavioral studies, 3 approaches to eliciting a desired behavior    can also be found in parents’ discipline styles: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and punishment.

Positive reinforcement entails providing an event (like a reward or praise) that  increases the probability of    the desired behavior being repeated. With negative reinforcement, a desired behavior is drawn out    through the elimination of an adverse event (e.g. child    learns to wake up earlier for school every day because getting caught in traffic     makes him nauseous). Punishment, often confused with negative reinforcement, involves increasing an adverse event to decrease or stop negative behavior.

Parents want the best for their children, and understand that children today have a voice. They cry for positive parenting, structure in the home and direction. When both parents no longer live in the same home, a child may wonder, "Where do I fit?" “Am I too divorced?” 
At For Our Kids Parenting and Co-Parenting Services, we will give you “easy to learn,” parenting tools to help parenting your children, whether both parents live together in the home or apart.

Trainers are certified Parenting Educators with lively classes that will both educate and support parents with resources, materials, and tools they can use immediately to effectively parent their child or teen. Our instructors are trained professionals in counseling, or education.

Our classes include the following:

  • Teach parenting skills to increase the effectiveness of parenting from two separate homes.
  • Make parents aware of the impact of parental conflict on children.
  • Assist parents in keeping children out of the middle of the conflict.
  • Help parents identify what triggers anger or conflict, and teach them techniques of problem solving and negotiation.
  • Help parents identify and meet the needs of their children.

Need some "one-on-one" training? Give us a call at (757) 327-0481. Whether court-ordered or need basic parenting skills, this class is for you. Call now to register at 1- (757) 327-0481. We will be delighted to assist you through both education and life experiences. Email us at [email protected]. Visit our blogs at http://forourkids1st.blogspot.com.

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Giving in, giving orders, and giving choices. Out of the three choices, there is one that is truly appropriate and effective. As we examine these three, decide which parenting style you can identify with. See if that style serves as a detriment or benefit to your child.

We will talk about the benefits and disadvantages of these parenting styles, as well as learning nonviolent discipline skills with proven results for today’s kids. You will receive parenting tips on dealing with communication skills, parenting skills, discipline, power struggle and so much more. We also provide excellent resources on parenting books and referrals.

​Class Discussions:

  • We will discuss parenting goals, active parenting styles, and how our styles may prevent us from reaching our parenting goals and what we want for our children. 
  • Sidestepping the Power Struggle: Redirecting your child's misbehavior.
  • Whose problem is it – parent or child, and is it unintentional or on-line misbehavior?
  • Active Communication: How to win cooperation with your child.
  • Learn communication skills that help solve problems without violence, while strengthening the parent-child relationship.
  • Effective Discipline: How to raise a responsible child.
  • Learn proven nonviolent discipline techniques that also teach responsibility; explore how the “think-feel-do” cycle guides a child's decision-making process.