Maria Monteverde RD CDN. Nutritionist. Schneider Childrens' Hospital. DrMDK.com
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Male Speaker: If the child does something that you want the child to do the reward should not be food, is that true? Female Speaker: Absolutely not. I am going back to that initial question as far as starting when they are early most of us create these high, calorie high fat, snacky food whether its ice-cream, whether its fast food, whether its chipped snacks because of a positive reinforcement because sometimes of the positive relationship with those food as far as ice-creams. The ice-cream truck on a Sunday on summer day being outside with your friends it relates to a happy mood, birthday cakes families around having a good time, having a party, so yes you don't want to reward because we don't want to add to that positive reinforcement you want to reward with going after a family work. Going to the park actually want to try to reward with something active so that way the child always wants to continue with that physical activity as they get older.