The Myth of the Spoiled Child | Quote 00177

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There’s not much mystery about the purpose of punishments and rewards: They’re generally intended to elicit compliance. Any adult who regards that as a priority will be tempted to make children suffer in some way if they fail to do what they’re told, if they slack off or talk back. Alternatively, he or she may offer praise or some other goodie when they follow directions.

Quote ID: 00177


Alfie Kohn


The Myth of the Spoiled Child

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