Giving children positive consequences

Daniel Bagner

Dr. Daniel Bagner, professor of psychology and the director of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab at FIU’s Center for Children and Families, shared his expertise on the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for early childhood behavior problems with New York Times’ Jacob Towery.

There are many behaviors children may exhibit that aren’t particularly harmful, but parents wish to correct. Those behaviors could include children avoiding eye contact when someone speaks to them or not using their utensils properly at the dinner table.

Dr. Bagner told the New York Times that after parents pinpoint the behavior they wish to change, they should identify the positive opposite of the behavior and give the child positive consequences when the child displays positive behavior.

“It is important for parents to implement the positive consequence immediately after the child’s behavior,” Dr. Bagner said.

More information on Dr. Bagner’s research can be found on the Early Childhood Behavior Lab website.

This article first appeared in the New York Times on Nov. 1, 2019.