rewarding children

To Reward or Not To Reward – That is the Question

To Reward or Not To Reward – That is the Question

Parents often fear bribing their children to do things and ending up with a child who expects to be paid every time they are told to clean up their bedroom or do their homework. Should parents reward their child for things that are somewhat aversive or punish them for not doing those things?  It may be helpful to first ask, "Is there a difference between rewards and punishments?"  The long answer is yes, but the more practical answer is not really.