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Accentuate the Positive

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Using positive reinforcement to get what you want at home and at work The trainers at SeaWorld rely on techniques that build trust with the animals and encourage them to cooperate. In the same way, we can use techniques with our kids, spouse and co-workers that build trust, focus on the positive, redirect energy when mistakes occur and catch people doing the RIGHT thing. Mark Boucher, Curator of Animal Training, and Steve Aibel, the Assistant Curator of Animal Training at SeaWorld San Antonio, will share the ABCs of good behavior and how to secure cooperation without threatening, pleading and generally pulling out your hair. Both Steve and Mark are parents themselves, Steve to young children and Mark to teenagers. “As a parent I have lived the benefits of these training techniques. I am a proud father to a four year old daughter and 5 month old twins. My wife and I have experienced the benefits of these principles firsthand and are very grateful that they form the basis of our parenting techniques. “ - Steve Aibel