Transcript for What Happened When One Mom Stopped Criticizing Her Kids’ Behavior
Next up in the heat index, the no complaint pledge. One mom is experimenting with no criticism. She's focusing on praising good behavior. Lindsey Davis caught up with her to see how it's working. Reporter: All too often, parents hoping to curb bad behavior may sound like Claire in modern family. Grow up a little. I need things to change or I will. No TV or no internet. Reporter: But one Florida mom decided to put restrictions on her own behavior. Instead of focusing on whatever they didn't do right, I decided to stop myself, stop criticizing, and instead focus on the good things. Reporter: Jeanettecap Lin made a conscious effort to praise her children for being good and lay off the negativity. But she admits it wasn't easy. Thank you for helping me. You want to keep complaining, yelling, criticizing in general. Reporter: But she could have never anticipated her kids' reaction to the positive reinforcement. They started behavioring better. The more you call them out on what they're doing well, they want more of the praise instead of the disappointment that they'll get from you when misbehaving. Reporter: But others say parenting requires more of a balance between the carrot and the stick. It's essential to have the positive reinforcement, not in lieu of critiquing. There's a need for balance. You need to let them know when they have done something wonderful or what you're not going to tolerate. Reporter: There are times she has to draw line. Insults and hid hitting allowed. Reporter: She plans to continue. Much to her children's delight. She makes me feel proud of myself. She says one of the main things her kids love is to be publicly praised. Like when she tells family and friends something great. Now they compete against each other to do more great things. We're in the same boat, we don't criticize our kids. No. Babies. You can talk to the two of us. They're so good right now, right? Exactly. They don't say no -- They just don't sleep. Remember as anathlete, performing better when I got positive reinforcement than negative. It makes sense. You want to have more praise than criticism. I don't know if it's possible -- Who doesn't love praise. It's good that you're hitting your sister.
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