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The drawbacks of punishment are plentiful, for example:

• It is associated with the person who dishes out punishment - not the unwanted behavior
• It lacks an instruction of what to do instead
• The punisher is perceived negatively
• The relationship could be damaged
• Risk of bad atmosphere and distrust

Threatening, frightening and withdrawing fun activities can lead to obedience. However, the price is high, so punishments should be avoided.

Read more in The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-by-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child.