Punishments Don’t Teach Skills

Okay, maybe one: They teach people how to be better at avoiding punishment.

Punishments do not teach skills. They use threat, intimidation, and manipulation to coerce children into doing what we want.

And by “we”, I usually mean adults, the ones with all the power in the situation, using that power imbalance to force children into doing things our way.

I give extensive evidence-based explanations as to why this is.

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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