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Feb 23, 2018

What if rewarding your child psychologically damaged them?

Best Selling author, Alfie Kohn, joins Stephen Patterson and I for a discussion about parenting and education. For some people, it's a hard sell that punishment is bad for children. Don't they need discipline? Plus, the whole spare the rod spoil the child thing.

Others are on board with not punishing, but surely praise and gold stars are a good thing, right? Isn't positive reinforcement good?

Alfie presents the case, using study-based scientific evidence, that rewards are not the opposite of punishments, they are two sides of the same coin. Both are psychologically damaging. Both are not ideal for effectively encouraging (or discouraging) behavior.

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