Conditioning Children

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Conditioning Children
Rebecca Schmidkonz
July 2012

Conditioning Children
Conditioning involves learning associations between events that occurs. Classical and Operant conditioning certainly can be used to condition children. Operant conditioning forms an association between a behavior and a consequence. Consequences have to be immediate, or clearly linked to the behavior.. There can be a reward for good behavior. Often times this works just as well as punishments. Children want attention regardless of what kid of attention it is. If you praise them for the good behavior they will tend to continue that behavior to get the attention. The point is to find something that each child would want to have. Take for example money, for every assignment they hand in on time they get a certain amount of money. If they get on honor roll or above a certain grade point average they get a reward. This is a way that children can be conditioned. They get something for doing proper behavior. If the children are around driving age, you could use driving as a way to get them to do the right behaviors.

Sarah tends to demean the children by calling them bad kids. This is actually conditioning the children that no matter what they do, the will be bad kids and never amount to anything. Why would the children want to do their homework if they are told that on a regular basis? This can actually lead to some sever problems in the future for these children. These children could develop low self-esteem, depression, and anger issues. (Stonsy) These problems can result in alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental health problems. (Stosny).

Erikson’s stages of development are important for each child to go through. If a child fails to complete a stage they can have an unhealthy development and sense of self. In their current stage of development children need to feel valued and begin to develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments. (McLeod, 2008) If they are not feel...
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