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Why does giving rewards to children have the potential to make them act up?

i posted a question a few weeks ago about what reward i should give out to my second graders for being good while we had a substitute. one answerer responded, "You shouldn't give children rewards for food behavior because it actually will make them act worse." then they suggested a book for me to read -- unfortunately the book is out of print. i wanted to email the person and ask what they meant, but they had their ims and emails blocked.

Asked By: Fae_B2B - 4/9/2008
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I don't think that giving rewards occasionally is a bad thing and that sounds like what you were doing... More
Answered By: sammie - 4/9/2008
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I don't think rewarding a child for good behavior will make them act up, but I don't think you should give a reward for behavior that they should have anyway. If you are trying to modify bad behavior, you compliment the good behavior when you see it. If the child is generally good, you should not reward them for... More
Answered By: Nicole - 4/9/2008
 
I agree with Nicole. If you reward children for things that they are expected to do anyway such as good behavior, then it turns into a trend that will only repeat itself with the result of a reward. If my son behaves himself at his grandparents house (for a change) I praise him to high heaven. Take him to chuch e... More
Answered By: Beleeve - 4/9/2008
 
Its not that giving them a reward with make them act worse its how you give it to them like say you give your son a new bike for cleaning the whole house and then when he cleans the dishes you give him a dollar or maybe five. Say next he washes the dishes you only give him a piece of candy maybe he will act up because... More
Answered By: Jessica T - 4/9/2008
 
dFor both children and adults, rewards tend to make behavior worse over time because they are working for the reward, rather than the inherent good feeling that comes from a job well done. When the reward itself no longer is enough of a motivator, the person becomes discouraged and gives up trying... More
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