3) I don't want them to lose interest
"Good painting!" may get children to keep painting for as long as we keep watching and praising. But, warns Lilian Katz, an early childhood educator "once attention is withdrawn, many kids won’t touch the activity again." Now the point isn’t to draw, to read, to think, to create – the point is to get the goody, whether it’s an ice cream, a sticker, or a "Good job!
These actions come to be seen not as something valuable and fun in their own right but as something they had to do to get that reaction again from an adult.