Can the iPhone Make You a Better Parent?

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Caught Being Good uses positive reinforcement on an intermittent schedule. It has been proven to be a powerful motivator. Using Caught Being Good will increase a child's self esteem, bring focus to the positive, promote desirable behavior and reward good behavior instead of bad. It's easy: "Catch" the child doing something good and ask them to spin for their reward.

Caught Being Good

“As a mom, I was familiar with positive parenting and knew it would minimize temper tantrums and whining, but I needed a tool that would be easy to administer and easy to track.” says Dawn Nichols, president of Hyceit.

Hyceit, LLC has released a free parenting app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. Caught Being Good is a tool that allows parents to proactively shape their children’s behavior using positive reinforcement.

Most parents inadvertently spend a great deal of energy trying to eradicate bad behavior instead of building up good behavior. When we catch our children doing something bad, we punish them. When we “catch” them doing something good, doesn’t it make sense that we should reward them? Research shows that positive reinforcement (the rewarding of good behavior) is a much stronger influencer of behavior than punishment. Using positive reinforcement rather than punishment also leads to a much more healthy and productive relationship between parents and children. Conversely, using punishment as the primary shaper of behavior can bring the unwanted baggage of anger and resentment (and not just for the child).

The Caught Being Good app works like this: When a parent catches their child being good, they activate the app and ask him to spin a wheel. When the wheel stops spinning the child gets a pop up telling him his reward. Some rewards are verbal, like “You Rock,” others are tangible like, “Sweet Treat” or “Download a song or app from iTunes.” Still others are more family or behavior oriented like “Pick what the family has for dinner,” “Go to bed late,” or “30 Minutes Parent-time.” The app comes preset with twenty rewards but users are encouraged to add and change rewards because every family is unique.

“As a mom, I was familiar with positive parenting and knew it would minimize temper tantrums and whining, but I needed a tool that would be easy to administer and easy to track.” says Dawn Nichols, president of Hyceit. “Also, I wanted to give other parents a way to move away from punishment and toward the more effective motivator of positive reinforcement. Creating an app was the best way to accomplish all of this.”

So the answer to the question is yes. The iPhone can make you a better parent and it can definitely encourage your kids to be better too.

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Dawn Nichols
Hyceit
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