Reminders and lectures do not result in behavior change. Reminders and lectures may reinforce a child’s negative behaviors by giving them attention for being noncompliant. Also, explaining to children why a behavior is wrong does not, used by itself, increase the likelihood that the negative behavior will cease. For example, as adults, most of us know the benefits of proper nutrition and daily exercise; however that knowledge does not necessarily promote our behavior to change.
Tom Millard is a psychologist with Cornerstone Wellness Center in Clinton.