Listen to this interesting podcast from the popular series Freakonomics, as John List, a university professor along with Anya Samek, a teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison share their study about how to get children to change their behavior. They tried several methods to see what would make kids choose fruit over a cookie. One trick, Samek tells us, easily beat the rest...
The basic findings were:
As they list on the site:
“The general point here about all of this is that you have many problems where what you do now affects what happens later, and usually we choose the easier decision or the easier action now. You think about savings for retirement, you think about getting doctor check-ups, you think about going to school, you think about engaging in risky behaviors, you think about adopting green technologies for our houses. In all of these cases we usually choose the bad action. And that action is to do what’s best for us now to the detriment of the future, to the detriment of our future self. And nutritional choices right now are just one of these elements that we face in society where we need kids to recognize the choice that you make now will critically affect your outcome in the future.”
As a human being, I know habits are hard to break. It’s hard to do something new and sometimes you need that extra carrot to get you over the hump. The nice thing about habits are that once you start acting out a new habit, the stickiness factor can help you adopt the change. This is exactly why we believe our incentive-based system will help children start good habits that will last them a lifetime. Happy Parenting!
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