This blog post is exactly one year old today. I am linking to it because I just found it and have always found this topic interesting. Behaviour Modification: Punishment by Hippie Housewife. Here is a quote:
…Every day I hear the same parenting advice – punishment and rewards, threats and praise, negative and positive attention. In other words, the very definition of behaviour modification.
Does it work? That depends on what your goals are. If your goal is to get your child to mind you, then yes, it quite often does. However, for our own family’s goals, we have chosen not to use this system of behaviour modification. I’d like to share our reasons for this choice, today focusing in particular on the punishment side, saving the rewards/praise aspect for another day…
Here is her follow up post Behaviour Modification: Praise to which she alluded in that quote.