Parenting: A Common Language for a Common Goal

Parenting styles and methods have varied over time and continue to do so as our society becomes more complex. As researchers learn more about children and how they respond to discipline, it becomes more important than ever to find a common language to discuss discipline. Children have a tendency to subscribe to one of four goals of misbehavior, and adults have a distinct way of reacting to each of the goals. In an effort to find a common ground in parenting, this paper will outline the four goals; attention, power, revenge, and display of inadequacy. It will also describe how to recognize and respond to the goals in a successful manner.

Stacy B. Flasschoen
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