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Child-rearing experts emphasize learning over discipline

The Story

What's worse for small children, a lack of affection or a lack of discipline? Well, it's all about setting limits, says Eleanor Long, a child psychologist talking to parents in 1963 on Take 30. Give them plenty of love and affection, she says, but when a temper tantrum starts it's time to be firm. Long suggests parents think of discipline as a learning situation, rather than a punishment situation. To one parent's disappointment, says it's really never necessary "to wail" on a child.

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: March 5, 1963
Guest(s): Eleanor Long, Helen O'Connell, Alan Telfer
Host: Anna Cameron
Duration: 11:20

Did You know?

• Eleanor Long's suggestion that parents immediately isolate any child throwing a fit - to give them space and time to bring their emotions under control - is typically called a "time-out" in today's parenting language. That term was first popularized by child psychologist Arthur Statts by his 1968 book Learning Language and Cognition.


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