New Frontiers in Child Management

12 October 2006

From the highly estimable fussy who is quoting Amy Sutherland’s article in the New York Times:

“The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don’t. After all, you don’t get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging.”

Reward what you like. Ignore what you don’t. And the advantage of ignoring what you don’t like rather than punishing it is that you avoid the risk of reinforcing what you don’t like by giving it the reward of your attention.


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