LEIGH ROBINSON WAS out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He’d taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. The recess staff was worried he might hurt someone. Robinson, who was Will’s educational aide, raced back to the schoolyard.

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?ย tells of how we have failed children in punishing them, and described a more effective way of bringing up kids able to handle their feelings and emotions, with proven results.