Verbal Reprimand


Verbal Reprimand, Verbal Punishment

  • Definition
  1. Scolding to eliminate a child's undesirable behavior
  • Precautions
  1. Never use during a Time-Out
  2. Never shout
  3. Direct reprimand specifically at behavior
  4. Do not attack your child's character
  • Key components of a reprimand
  1. Stop the behavior (e.g. Stop pinching)
  2. Why your child should stop (e.g. pinching hurts)
  3. Provide alternative (e.g. ask nicely for the toy)
  • Efficacy
  1. Decreases negative behavior in the short-term
  2. Only effective if used infrequently
  3. If used indiscriminately then will reinforce behavior
  4. Not effective when used as only Discipline method