Threats and punishments are, by their nature, punitive. They are adult-oriented and impose control from without instead of acknowledging the power within children. They arouse anger and resentment and invite more conflict. They exacerbate wounds rather than heal them. They do not consider reasons or look for solutions. They involve doing something to a child when he behaves in a way that the parent judges to be inappropriate or irresponsible. They demonstrate a parent’s ability to control a child by force, and teach children that might makes right.
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