Many parents are naturally skeptical about Goodtimer and want to learn more about how it was created, why it works and what sets it apart from other parenting methods. This page provides a summary of the research and methods that were used when creating Goodtimer and explains why it is so effective at encouraging kids to form healthy habits when compared to other methods.
How was Goodtimer developed?
Goodtimer was developed during an extensive three-year research and development process in collaboration with positive parenting experts including Jackie Insinger, a motivation and communication expert and a nationally acclaimed family dynamics coach. Decades of research* by behavioral psychologist and parenting experts has proven that children learn best when they understand expectations, can keep them in mind and receive consistent positive reinforcement when they make good choices. Furthermore, when we respond negatively to undesired behaviors by nagging, yelling and punishments, our children are more likely to continue to do the things we don’t want them to do. In other words, kids are more likely to repeat the behaviors that we give attention to. The following quote from a critically acclaimed author and positive parenting expert Pam Leo of Connecting Parenting does a good job of summarizing the fundamental premise of Positive Parenting and the founding principles of Goodtimer:
“You can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they behave better.”
Why does Goodtimer work?
Proven positive parents methods like "time-ins" and "behavior charts" have been used successfully for decades to encourage improved behavior but these methods require a lot of work by parents and are not engaging and interactive for kids an increasing digital age. Our team has curated decades of proven positive parenting methods and incorporated them into one simple and effective solution that is fun for kids and easy for parents. The following paragraphs explain why Goodtimer is an effective solution to help encourage better behavior:
Keep it positive
Leading research shows, the most effective way to encourage our children to continue to make good choices is to give attention and positive reinforcement to good behavior when it occurs.
When children receive positive reinforcement for good behavior, it improves their self-esteem providing motivation to continue to make good choices. In contrast, when we respond to negative behaviors by yelling at our kids or punishing them, the opposite occurs. When punished, children lose confidence because they often feel that the negative reinforcement is directed at them, not just the behavior.
Unlike punishing bad behavior with timeouts, Goodtimer places the focuses on your child's positive behavior, encouraging them to continue to make good choices throughout the day.
Research shows that in order for children to form new habits they need to clearly understand expectations and keep them in mind throughout the day. Kids are expected to follow a lot of rules and it’s often difficult for them to remember everything that is expected of them. Therefore, kids thrive in environments with structure, consistency and clearly defined expectations.
Goodtimer is the first product of its kind that provides a consistent and stimulating reminder for kids to stay on task and meet expectations. The Goodtimer Children’s book allows the family to create the “house rules” that are consistent with their individual values and Goodtimer's patented approach provides positive reinforcement to remind children to continue to make choices throughout the day.
Research shows that the most effective way to reinforce good behavior is to recognize the behavior when it occurs. Research also shows that the misuse of “rewards” often results in children who feel entitled to receive a reward for every good deed.
Goodtimer is the first universal positive reinforcement tool encouraging children to make good choices through the day. Over time, children earn Goodtimer tokens for consistent good behavior rather than as a reward for a discrete behavior. The Goodtimer children’s book allows the family to establish an incentive system that is consistent with their individual values allowing the children to exchange tokens for things that they’re really excited about and that you approve of.
With consistent positive reinforcement and meaningful incentives, Goodtimer provides a framework for success that has been proven to encourage children to form healthy habits that last.
How is Goodtimer different than a Behavior Chart?
Traditional chore charts and chore chart apps have been used for years to define expectations, and positively reinforce children for good behavior. However, chore charts aren’t interactive, engaging or portable and chore chart apps require that your child have access to your smart phone or tablet. Chore charts also don’t provide interactive, real-time feedback when you are trying to address behavior issues in the moment.
Goodtimer is different because it belongs to your child and they are responsible for their performance. As your child interacts with their Goodtimer, their motivation increases because they clearly understand how their behavior reflects their performance.
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