Positive Parenting Tip: The Use and Misuse of Rewards

The Use and Misuse of Rewards The effective use of tangible rewards and social reinforcers can be powerful incentives for shaping children’s behavior. Rewarding desired behavior promotes learning and helps parents focus on what their child does right, instead of reacting to misbehavior. Positive reinforcement can be highly effective in establishing a new pattern of […]

The 7 Secrets of Successful Parents

My life has been devoted to children and families  — my own, and those I’ve encountered in my career as a pediatrician. My first baby was born only a few months before I started medical school, and my fifth child arrived seven years later, on the final day of my pediatric residency. These two paths  — medicine […]