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Author of nine books, including the controversial Punished by Rewards, Kohn expands upon the theme of what's wrong with our society's emphasis on punishments and rewards. Kohn, the father of young children, sprinkles his text with anecdotes that shore up his well-researched hypothesis that children do best with unconditional love, respect and the opportunity to make their own choices. Kohn questions why parents and parenting literature focus on compliance and quick fixes, and points out that docility and short-term obedience are not what most parents desire of their children in the long run. He insists that "controlling parents" are actually conveying to their kids that they love them conditionally—that is, only when they achieve or behave. Tactics like time-out, bribes and threats, Kohn claims, just worsen matters. Caustic, witty and thought-provoking, Kohn's arguments challenge much of today's parenting wisdom, yet his assertion that "the way kids learn to make good decisions is by making decisions, not by following directions" rings true. Kohn suggests parents help kids solve problems; provide them with choices; and use reason, humor and, as a last resort, a restorative time away (not a punitive time-out). This lively book will surely rile parents who want to be boss. Those seeking alternative methods of raising confident, well-loved children, however, will warmly embrace Kohn's message. (Mar.)Forecast: Kohn is a controversial and popular author/speaker, well regarded by scholars and educators. This title should appeal to parents who want to explore the "whys" and not just the "hows" of raising kids.
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I can't agree with the premise of this book and I have a master's degree in clinical psychology have raised children.Published 2 months ago by Angela Roberts of Spinach Tiger
This book is great! Very interesting and well documented. It made me question a lot of what I thought I knew about parenting. I always think about this book.Published 2 months ago by Ana
I had just started to try setting limits and disciplining my toddler, finding the whole process disheartening, ineffective, and alienating, when another mother recommended this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Sanchez
Mind-blowing. I saw Alfie Kohn speak, and was deeply moved by his arguments against using positive reinforcement (bribes) and "logical consequences" (punishment) as a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reader
I really liked the beginning of the book, but I couldn't keep it open after a while. Even without reading it I knew what he was going to write.Published 6 months ago by daniela
This book is not actually as provocative or radical as the author seems to think. It is hardly "groundbreaking", but definitely a "me too" book, on the heels of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer