Acclaimed Parenting Expert, Author to Speak at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Author and parenting expert Alfie Kohn will present "Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason," Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.

In his talk, Kohn will address how using traditional discipline with children may produce short-term obedience, but adopting "working with" strategies helps kids grow into good people. Kohn stresses that underlying those "working with" strategies is the message that children do not have to earn parental approval; rather, parents love them not for what they do but just for who they are.

Kohn's presentation is free to the public and serves as the keynote address for Weber State University's 21st Families Alive Conference, Sept. 15-17. Following the presentation, Kohn will be available to sign copies of his books. The event is presented by the Annie Clark Tanner Lectureship Fund.

Kohn writes and speaks widely on education, parenting and human behavior. He is the author of 10 books, including: "Punished by Rewards: the Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes" (1993); "No Contest: The Case Against Competition" (1986); and most recently, "Unconditional Parenting" (2005). Kohn has been featured on hundreds of television and radio programs, including appearances on the "Today" show and "Oprah."

The Families Alive Conference was established by WSU's Department of Child and Family Studies to provide a resource for parents, educators and community professionals. The conference presents speakers, activities and workshops that address issues and challenges families face in today's society.

For more information or to register for the conference, call (801) 626-7151 or visit

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Chloe Merrill, professor, Child & Family Studies
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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