I have heard lots of buzz lately about positive reinforcement in the context of parenting. Perhaps, that is because “positive parenting” is en vogue. It is so popular, in fact, that it sometimes feels like any other style of parenting is perceived as negative.
Positive parenting is grounded in positive reinforcement, an idea that was popularized by B.F. Skinner in the 1960s and 70s. Skinner believed that behavior that is rewarded will continue, while behavior that is not rewarded will eventually disappear.
But does positive reinforcement actually shape the behavior of children in a way that is sustainable? Should parents incentivize good behavior with rewards? That is what we are discussing in this episode. Listen in to hear our take.