Discipline, but don’t punish: child-rearing realisms:Food for the mind and the body [Project 365/6: Feb.14, 2012]

Food for thought: Parenting to cure self-centredness, prevent aggression in offspring

“… Lack of compassion and empathy, I’ve found, is rampant in today’s hypercompetitive parenting culture in which almost every child is eternally being groomed to look out for No. 1, cheered on by parents who view other children more as potential impediments to his or her full flowering than as comrades-in-arms — or friends — united in the difficult task of gracefully growing up … We parrot a certain amount of knee-jerk politeness, urging our kids to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ but I don’t necessarily have the sense that all this is aimed at doing anything more profound than making our kids (and ourselves, by extension) look good,” says Judith Warner on Time [http://ideas.time.com/2012/02/10/why-american-kids-are-brats/?xid=newsletter-weekly]

Also in’Time,’ Bonnie Rochman reports, “A new analysis of two decades of research on the long-term effects of physical punishment in children concludes that spanking doesn’t work and can actually wreak havoc on kids’ long-term development, according to an article published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal … ‘We find children who are physically punished get more aggressive over time and those who are not physically punished get less aggressive over time,’ says Joan Durrant, the article’s lead author and a child clinical psychologist and professor of family social sciences at the University of Manitoba.” [http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/06/why-spanking-doesnt-work/?xid=newsletter-weekly]

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