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Reward is always better than punishment. However, small and reasonable punishment with small children saves a great deal of grief later on. (with 2 warnings) Example.... standing in the "naughty corner" for 5 minutes.
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dusty1 Post time: 2015-7-10 14:40
Carrot is better than the stick

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tdeese Post time: 2015-7-10 21:01
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This is a complex issue that has been widely-studied in behavioural psychology. I suggest people Google it.
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This post was edited by PatrickInBeijin at 2015-7-14 12:52

Psychology tells us that reward is better than punishment.  It is more effective at modifying behavior.  Sometimes it is not so easy.  When I was a small boy, my parents would send me to room when I misbehaved (a shared room).  When I got there, I would sit and read, which I loved doing.  Sometimes, when my parents told me I could come out, I would ask "do I have to?".

If you insist on punishment, make sure that the child understands what they did wrong, and that you understand why they did it.  Another example.  I had a student who was always naughty to the point that almost daily he had to leave the class.  One day I said to him "I know you love me, and you are only being naughty to get me to pay attention to you."  He looked at me and said "yes". (Which I had not expected)  I realized I was training him to be naughty.

Make sure that the child being punished agrees with the punishment and thinks it is fair.  If not, you may be teaching them that you are not fair.

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