Classical vs. Operant Conditioning

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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So I am an attachment parent. This requires a lot more hugs and patience I think anyway, than my mother had for me. That said my toddler does NOT respond to much of anything. Stickers...no. time out....no. time in....no. mommy getting mad.... who cares?! Uts totally overwhelming. She is almost three and I felt lost. Then I remembered classical conditioning. I thought to myself.... its worth a shot. Nothing else worked. So... we went to bj's- and I took her thru the aisles of candy looking for something small- less fattening but something she would keep wanting. I'm one of those moms that doesn't like candy and only buys water. This was a treat and my eight year old was astounded when I bought a three lb bag of candy corn. We went home and I took a ziplock bag- filled it about halfway with candy corn and took them back to the store. My husband was convinced it wouldn't work. I was so confident I didn't even put the lo in a cart. As we began walking my oldest was being helpful while the youngest began crawling on the floor pretending to be a cat...... so I gave my oldest a peice of candy and said "this is for behaving " my lo stood up immediately and asked for a peice, I shook my head abd said you have to behave. She followed us down the next aisle and I noticed she was walking quietly so I handed them both candy... this is for behaving.... it worked the entire trip. I had a theory- as Pavlov did, tbat eventually even without the reward the subject would still exhibit the behavior. My experiment worked for two days. Then when daddy had her out he gave her pennies. Now..... she wants money.... still .. for the very poorly behaved child.... this is the beginning of a nice idea.

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