2 Things To Do Instead of Reward or Punish Your Kids

Should I use the carrot or the stick? You’re asking the wrong question. Many of us were raised under a system of punishments versus rewards. Good behavior results in the carrot, bad behavior results in the stick. Over the past few decades, researchers and psychologists have found that this system is not the most effective way to raise empathetic, cooperative, capable children. Here’s why:  The problem with punishments. The worst part about punishments is that when they’re enforced on young children, it elicits a fight-or-flight response, which means the part of the brain responsible for learning shuts down, and the