CARLOS!!! You stupid kid! I can't leave the house for 2 seconds because you always make a mess! I hate you!
Oh no, now he's crying! I shouldn't have talked to him like that. But how can I make him understand what's right and what's not?
1 HOUR LATER...
But mommy I was just playing...WAAA!
I once heard about a theory of operant conditioning by Skinner, a famous psychologist. He said that behavior was learned through consequences; from reinforcement or punishment, Reinforcement would equal learning, while punishment would equal no learning. I'll see if reinforcement works to make Carlos more organized with his toys!
Sweetie, I'm sorry for the way I spoke to you, but I have a proposition for you. I'm going out for an hour...if I come back and your toys are cleaned up, you'll get a surprise!
Yay! Thank you mommy, now I know I'll be rewarded if I clean my toys, so I'll do it more!
OH! I'm so proud of you! Now every time you do this you'll get a piece of candy.
Well as it seems, Skinner's operant conditioning theory was correct! Carlos now understands that to get a candy as a reward for his behavior, he first has to clean up his toys to earn it. Through positive reinforcementof his actions, he has now learned what he should do to be praised! Thank you Skinner, you're a genius!