Praise Desirable Behaviour
Again, when Lauren was around 3 years old she would often take her seatbelt off when we were driving – sometimes for the attention it got her, sometimes because she was mad, sometimes to tick us off!!! We tried overpowering her to hold it in place, having an adult in the back seat with her etc… but what we realized was she was getting LOTS of attention for a behavior that was undesirable. So, what we did was…. We put Lauren into her car seat(seatbelt on) – backed down the driveway – then back up the driveway – got out- praised her for keeping her seatbelt on – gave her HUGE amounts of attention – went in the house, read her favorite book etc.. The next day we drove to the end of the street and back – again praise and attention when we got back. We continued – each day a little farther – within a week we had it conquered!