The rewards help the child to repeat desirable behaviors, until they become reflexive or acquire the skills necessary to practice them alone. But many parents often confuse bribes with bribery and risk encouraging a negative behavioral pattern in child development.
While rewards are prizes for the progress that the child makes and ends, with the purpose of causing him to repeat the action, the bribe represents an incentive given before, which motivates him to perform certain activities.
How do rewards work in child learning in pot?
Rewards play a motivational role in certain circumstances, such as learning to pot, but must be applied with great care, so as not to fall into the bribe trap. The little one begins to understand the concept of reward around the age of 3 years.
The rewards stimulate the child to perform certain actions or to develop skills that, in other contexts, would not be interested. It motivates him to complete a project he has already started or a task he knows how to do, but for which he has not yet developed all the skills for completing it. It should be offered only when the child has made real progress in trying to use the pot to meet their needs.
The bribe precedes the behavior desired by the parents from the child and has the role of "buying" the way the little one has to behave, which can have negative consequences in its development in the long term. Rewards should be offered after each progress the child makes in using the pot, not just at the end of the entire learning process.
For example, if the little one pulls you to sit on the pot, announcing in this way that he does it, you can offer him a little incentive. If he goes alone to the pot, he gives him tarpaulins and signs that he would like to use it, and when you place it, he does his needs, compliments it and adds a reward to his collection.
What kind of rewards are considered good?
Avoid giving such small prizes in the form of products or material things - money, food, etc. Emphasizes prizes consisting of books, extra playing time, park walks, stickers, museum visits, etc.
It sets symbolic rewards for the small steps that the child takes in the habit of doing the pot and a slightly bigger prize for the moment when the child manages to go alone to the pot and to do his needs without help. For example, set up a reward system with stickers, where you will miss a sticker for each progress you make.
Explain the rules and tell him that at the end, when all the stickers will be on the board and the drawing is complete, you will take him to a play, a museum or buy his favorite game. It is important for the child to know how the reward system works to know what to expect and to be stimulated to win the big prize or to repeat these actions until they succeed.
Did you turn to the rewards system to stimulate the child to do potty? Tell us what kind of prizes you used and if they worked, in the comment section below!
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