Science of Parenting: Punishing vs. Disciplining Children


January 11, 2017, 2:35 pm | Lori Hayungs, Barbara Dunn Swanson, Laura Sternweis

AMES, Iowa – Punishing children and disciplining children are not the same thing. Human sciences specialists and researchers are exploring the differences between the two approaches in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Mother and Child“In looking at the definitions, we see a stark contrast in the two words," said blogger Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life. "Punishment focuses on inflicting injury or penalty, while discipline focuses on training to correct behavior.

“This month at the Science of Parenting we are going to dive into those two words and review the research that has been done by faculty and students right here at Iowa State. We will share ideas on how to apply the topic to our everyday parenting,” Hayungs said.

“Our faculty, staff and students are researching fascinating areas of parenting and we want to share that research with you,” Hayungs said. She and other Science of Parenting bloggers will be sharing Iowa State research throughout 2017.

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a short podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,  ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.

The Science of Parenting from ISU Extension and Outreach also is available on Twitter at @scienceofparent.

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