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Punishing Kids

4 Reasons to Stop Punishing Your Kids

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 11.20.2016 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Here's a few specifics on why it doesn't work (except in the VERY short-term -- and parenting is NOT a short-term project), and what you can do instead to foster connection and cooperation in your home.

Dad's Viral Video Has A Message For Parents Who Publicly Humiliate Their Kids As Punishment

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents

Florida dad Wayman Gresham has a bone to pick with parents who punish their kids by publicly humiliating them on the Internet. In a discipline-them...

Spanking, Whooping, Beating: It's All Hitting

Elizabeth T. Gershoff | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth T. Gershoff

It is time to flip the adage on its head to say, "I turned out OK -- not because I was spanked, but in spite of it." Current and future generations of parents can break the cycle and raise confident, well-behaved children without hitting them.

Restorative Discipline Should Be Common Practice to Lower Student and Teacher Dropout Rate

Marilyn Armour | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Marilyn Armour

Not surprisingly, student discipline correlates with dropout rates, and that's particularly troubling in Texas where 25 percent of students fail to graduate.

How To Say 'NO!' To A Toddler or Young Child

Diana Grycan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children.

Stop Punishing Your Child And Do This Instead

OWN | Posted 05.21.2014 | OWN

Consequence. It's a familiar concept to parents looking to discipline an unruly child. If kids refuse to listen, they have to do extra chores. If they...

Mom Uses Embarrassing T-Shirt To Punish Child

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

A Colorado parent used an arguably controversial method to teach a child a lesson: public humiliation. Jessica Rocha of Fort Morgan forced her fia...

'You're Making Mama Sad' Is a Dirty, Dirty Lie

Sara Lind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Sara Lind

If I try to stop the tantrums by telling my daughter that she's making me unhappy, the not-so-subtle message is that I am not in control of my own happiness. And nothing could be more dangerous.

Are a Lack of Boundaries Turning Our Children into Criminals?

Ashley Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

If we use punishment, this is the kind of communication our children will get used to, and, in turn, learn. Punishment sets an example of fear, aggression and pay back.

Parents: Use the Lance Armstrong Disgrace As a Teaching Moment

Neale Godfrey | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

It may sound like strong-arming to prevent your child from Armstrong-ing, but what you are doing is teaching your child real-life skills.

Dadmissions: Time Out

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

The past five decades have seen the birth of computers, man walking on the moon, the fall of Communism and other earth-shattering events, but time outs are still the best we can do?  

Experts Recommend 8 Alternatives To Spanking

Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found connections between spanking and “mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/depend...

Spanking: Parenthood's Dirty Little Secret Is Alarmingly Common

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Although I understand why spanking is parenthood's dirty little secret (nobody wants social services at the door), I wish we could find a way to talk more openly about it.

'Spanking' Your Child: The World Disagrees

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Marianne Mollmann

The vast majority of the world's 7 billion individuals live in countries that have, in principle, signed and ratified commitments to end violence against children in all its forms.

Thanks To My Dad, I Never Spanked My Kids

Miriam Novogrodsky | Posted 12.25.2011 | Parents
Miriam Novogrodsky

When a child is spanked, they are waiting for the adult to calm down. I remember waiting. When we spank children we abuse our power.

Before You Punish Your Child, Take A Reality Check

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryl Sollerh

Parents who retreat from insisting on consequences for their child's misbehavior deprive their kids of essential lessons in limits and boundaries.

Is There An Alternative To Punishing Our Children?

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryl Sollerh

Punishment doesn't work, and as far as we're concerned, the problem begins with the concept itself. So if punishment doesn't work, what does?