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I find this quote interesting. If you’re a parent, you have probably heard the advice that you should ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. But what if your reward kills off the child’s inner motivation?
There is a balance of course. Whereas you probably will achieve more by praising your child for using the fork at dinner rather than scolding her when she picks up food with her fingers, you might want to be more careful when it comes to giving out actual rewards, particularly if it relates to something they enjoy doing, like drawing, singing, dancing or even doing their homework.
We might be wise to avoid bribing, incentivising, or otherwise rewarding children to do things that we believe are truly important.
Rob Yeung, I is for Influence