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Basic Instincts

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Modern parenting is bewildering, and the struggles are plentiful. Parents turn to childrearing books filled with behavioral principals of reinforcement and punishment to generate compliance from their offspring. When these operant conditioning techniques fail, parents are confused and frustrated.

Why are many children—especially teenagers—defiant and disrespectful?

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