Hi all, As a parent of 2 young children (both under 10) I've recently been reading a few books on parenting and was pleased to see some common threads across them all. Specifically, the importance of: Praise, Listening, encouraging Self-Reliance, and Special Time. There was a bit more confusion though on the subject of Punishment! With some books ruling it out, whilst others advocating it albeit characterizing as 'Consequences' (rather than punishments) or 'time-out' style actions. On balance though, most seemed to be against Punishing misbehavior, characterizing punishments as negative and ultimately counter-productive. I was somewhat surprised by this and would love to hear others views. To punish or not, and if not how to react to misbehavior!