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Parenting Behavior / Style Reward and Punishment: Is Santa Claus myth working?

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Our basic strategy for raising children or motivating employees is a reward and punishment strategy. From an early age we have our Santa Claus that carefully observes what we do and that appears from heavens to deliver gifts for ‘the good’ ones or to punish the ‘bad ones’. While manipulating children with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails. Rewards turn play into work, and work into drudgery.

Praise is frequently a judgment and a kind of bribe as the child or the employee must ‘earn’ the points by doing the ‘right’ thing. If we use encouragement, instead, we give support whether or not one is doing well. We do not take the person out of the zone where s/he feels accepted and capable.

Punishment causes either physical, emotional or social pain and it is often followed with confusion, anger, or guilt. Many children developmental professionals will advise us to ignore young children's bad behavior.

Family and Positive Psychology

Conscious parenting rhythm, intuition, freedom, from Conscious Parenting by Nataša Pantović

Dr Eveline Crone, a Dutch neuro-scientist, studied children age 8 to 12, giving them a computer task and observing their brains (using fMRI) when they are given a positive, rewarding feedback - a check for well done, and when they are given a cross – punishment for not understanding the rule. The performance of the younger children improved substantially more when the feedback was positive. Their brains reacted strongly to positive feedback and scarcely responded at all to the negative one. Older children and adults react a bit more on the negative feedback, but this fact makes us wonder do we condition our brains to re-act in a particular way to 'win' in a short-term, and makes us ponder about the long term consequences of such brain conditioning.

Parenting and a reward and punishment study that went wrong

A scary psychological study that researched awards and punishment methods and that went horribly wrong happened at the University of Iowa, in 1939, with 22 orphaned children, 10 with stutters. The children were separated into two groups: one with a speech therapist who conducted "positive" therapy by praising their efforts; the other with a speech therapist who openly chastised the children for their mistakes. The results showed that the children who received negative feedback were badly affected during and following the experiment that lasted 6 months, so much so that in 2007, six of them were awarded $925,000 in compensation for psychological damage they suffered.

Power of Mind: We are what we believe that we are

What we 'think' and what we 'believe we are', are the two main things that decide whether we will succeed or not in our projects in life. Our mind is responsible for all sorts of illusions. Our mind is to blame for the phenomenon of the placebo effect (a sugar pill effect). When we believe that a certain procedure or medication is effective, we increase the efficacy of that procedure or medication by 50- 60%.

Often, our behavior is shaped by subtle pressures around us, but we do not recognize those pressures. According to ‘Self-perception theory’ people decide on their own likes and dislikes from watching themselves behave in various situations. We assume our sense of who we are from our behavior.

C.S. Lewis said: ‘We are what we believe we are.’

Primary example is of a very young child that in a grocery store steals a candy bar. Let's say no one notices, the child does not change his self perception of being a good child. Secondary is where the kid gets caught, and the parents make a big deal about it. The child may then think of himself as a thief. This may become the child's self perception and it may become a prophecy.

Power of Mind: We might be what we pretend to be

In 1971, social psychologist Philip Zimbardo used a group of students to take part in a two week long experiment in which they would live as prisoners and guards in a mock prison. The results were so disturbing that after just six days, Zimbardo had to end the experiment. Ordinary students turned into sadistic guards and spineless prisoners, becoming deeply emotionally involved within their roles.

At an early stage of a child’s development, children’s self esteem is a major factor as to how they view and build their own behavior. By developing emotional intelligence and fostering lasting self-esteem, we prepare them for the future. If our children are to become happy, confident, and in love with knowledge, they need to be supported and assisted in their search for knowledge, and we need to help them behave as eager, creative, and enthusiastic individuals and the self-perception with future behavior will follow.

Power of Mind and Learning

When shaping the first Waldorf school, Steiner (the founder of this successful alternative schooling method) said that there was to be no classification of children into intellectual ‘streams’, no examinations, no holding back in a grade, no prizes, no honor boards, no homework. Teachers were to avoid negative comments in their reports, and talk about the child with humor and appreciative words. Also included in the report was a verse to ‘show the individual child the direction in which he should strive’ (Miller 1982, 64).

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Nataša Pantović MSc Economics, Published Author since 1991, Adoptive Parent, Management Consultant and Ancient Worlds Consciousness Researcher. Author of:
1. Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents,
2. Mindful Being towards Mindful Living
3. Art of 4 Elements spiritual poetry book and
4. A-Ma or Playing Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras.
5. Tree of Life: a Journey into the Field of Dreams
6. Conscious Creativity: Ancient Europe's Mindfulness Meditations
7. Spiritual Symbols with Their Meanings

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