Concept of Parenting

Tip 43: Punishment and Parenting, part 2

Research says punishment cannot eliminate behavior or cannot develop a behavior but if used in positive settings it can offer some helps. What we know about how we routinely use punishment is that it can momentarily stop behavior but not enduring to develop behavior.

*3 types of punishment*

1. Presentation of something undesirable or negative after a behavior. Examples include shouting, reprimanding or hitting a child. Any time a child does something undesirable, we present these punishments

2. Taking away something positive after undesirable behavior. Examples include take away a privilege, some activity, or planned positive events. You can take points away in points program.

3. Requiring some efforts or task to be performed after misbehavior. Doing chores or cleaning up if a child breaks something.

3 Direct Effects of Punishment

1. Punishment stops the behavior in a moment due to the interruption

2. The effects of punishment are not enduring beyond the moment

3. Punishment can occasionally increase punishment intensity and makes punishment ineffective. Parents may go from reprimand to shout, shout to hit or little hit to more hits. This can bring frustration because it is not effective. The increase in punishment leads to increase in pain and nothing else. Therefore it produces negative effects. Negative effects are consequences we don’t want in our children but it occurs if we increase punishment

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