Dec 14, 2011

A Nine-Year-Old Explains Why Punishment Doesn't Work

Here is an adorable story from one of our P.E.T. Instructors about a recent conversation she had with her daughter. We thought we'd share it with you:

My daughter (just turned 9 years old) and I were spending some
time together, picking raspberries, and having a general chat.
I told her that I only had two more PET classes for the year. My
daughter said, “Oh no, the parents might forget over the holidays, and begin
using time out or spanking again!”

I was
interested, and asked her, “What do you think is the problem with time out – why
doesn’t it work?”

My daughter's answer was:
“Because it forces kids to be good, instead of wanting to be good Because they
know it’s good to be good. When you use time out kids are good because of fear.”
She then proceeded to give an example of a child in her class who now seeks time
out, and spoke of the hierarchy of time-out punishment in her school.

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Dec 7, 2011

What's Coming in 2012

Considering that 2011 hasn't even ended yet, we are pleased to see an impressive lineup for 2012 already! Check out our website calendar to find out all of the upcoming P.E.T. workshops coming soon near you.

You can always check back the link here for regular updates and new additions:

P.E.T. Workshop Calendar
Ongoing private instructionSan Diego, CA
Ongoing private instructionSolana Beach, CA
Ongoing private instructionSeattle, WA
November 2, 2012 – December 21, 2012Montreal, Quebec
November 20, 2012 – February 12, 2012Pacific Palisades, CA
January 9, 2012 – March 5, 2012Las Vegas, NV
January 11 – February 9, 2012San Jose, CA
January 12 – March 8, 2012Redmond, WA
January 24 – March 20, 2012Solana Beach, CA
January 24 – March 27, 2012Huntington Beach, CA*
January 25 – March 14, 2012Irvine, CA
January 25 – March 14, 2012Fullerton, CA
January 26 – March 15, 2012Redondo Beach, CA

* Childcare available

For more information or to sign up for a P.E.T. workshop near you, email us at