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Empathy Is Essential To Effective Discipline

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that hitting and shaming as disciplinary tools can be harmful to children and lead to life-long consequences. What disciplinary methods should be used instead to teach kids what's right and wrong?

Instead of effectively teaching lessons on responsibility or self-control, actions like yelling and other forms of corporal punishment can increase aggression in children. This includes nonphysical punishment that is humiliating, scary or threatening.

There are also potential ramifications to repeated exposure to harsh punishment, including lower social cognition and performance I.Q.

Which methods are most effective when disciplining a child? How does tradition and culture factor in? Is positive reinforcement alone sufficient motivation for kids to behave?


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This interview aired on December 13, 2018. 

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