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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Power of Positive Praise

While it’s important and necessary to ​correct your child’s negative behaviors, it’s a lot more fun (and ​just as important) to praise him or her for doing the right things. When children are constantly reinforced for positive behaviors, they gradually make those behaviors a permanent part of who they are and how they act. And you’ll love how your child lights ​up whenever he or she receives praise from you!

Using Your Personalized Praise Box

Praise box Praise box
  • Have your child create and color their ​personalized praise box, label it ​with their ​name and hang it on their bedroom door.
  • Whenever you catch your child being good, write down your praise statement on one of the cards ​provided and put it in the box.
  • At the end of the day, have your child count all the good things ​they ​did.​

Catch kids being good

Read an interview with Boys Town behavioral expert on praise and how to use it with the Praise Box.

Other tools ​to keep positive behaviors high and negative behaviors low

Joy and Job Cards

Place these cards in a jar or bag, and let your child draw one anytime you want to reward them for good ​behavior or need to give them a consequence for negative behavior.

Teach Them Integrity

People who act with integrity are honest and have a strong sense of morals — ​so, how can you raise your children to have integrity? Try the one-week integrity ​​challenge.