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Educational Psychology 9-13-99 Appropriate Punishment I thought it was very interesting when we discussed punishment and positive and negative reinforcement in class I think it is very important to use positive reinforcement just as much as negative reinforcement I also found it interesting that when you punish a child you should do nine good things to make up for the one bad punishment We discussed spanking in class also I personally have never been spanked but that is only because my father was physically abused by his father so my dad chooses to punish his children in other ways However I do not agree with the way my parents chose to punish me When I was in high school I went through a time where I chose not to study I also decided to experiment some with drinking which I would soon find out that a fourteen year old girl had no business doing this To make a long story short my parents found out that I had gone to a party and consumed alcholic beverages and I was grounded for what seemed like eternity Now I agree that I deserved to be grounded but not as strictly as I was I was grounded from the television the telephone my friends and I couldnt even do anything on the weekends I could not even go to my grandmothers house to spend the night I really feel like my parents were way to harsh on me They never hugged me or comforted me when I was about to go insane from bordem I think it is very important for parents and teachers to sit down and discuss appropriate punishment with their children This way the child atleast has a little input into it
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