An Interview with Alfie Kohn
Do you want to know what the latest research is saying about how to raise healthy, thoughtful children? Ask Alfie Kohn! Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. His latest book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting takes on the mythology promoted by popular media that children today are spoiled, over-protected, and under-disciplined.
Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of parents and educators all over the world. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show and "Oprah," and his work has been described and debated in many leading publications. Kohn's 12 earlier titles include Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason , which I frequently recommend to parents.
In this interview, we discuss whether it's true that children today are actually different from kids in the past, helicopter parenting, self-esteem, self-discipline, unconditional parenting, and why we should be raising reflective rebels.
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Alfie Kohn interviewed by Laura Markham (13944 KB)