Change Without Coercion (Guest: Dr. Marvin Marshall)

Coercion as a means of gaining compliance from a child or teen has several drawbacks. For one, pleading, threatening, and similar gestures will only work as long as the pressure is applied. It’s NOT the way to build a close and lasting relationship.

Our guest on this program, Dr. Marvin Marshall, suggests that teaching responsibility brings better and more lasting results than stressing obedience. In this program, he’ll introduce a proactive and totally noncoercive (but not permissive) approach.

Dr. Marshall is the author of the landmark book, Discipline without Stress, Punishments, or Rewards: How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility and Learning. His strategies for promoting responsibility and learning are being used in schools and homes around the world.

Dr. Marshall’s informative website is His many resources for educators and parents can be found at He has also established the nonprofit foundation located at

Note: We will be interviewing Dr. Marshall again in the future. In that radio show, he will share more deeply about his work and how it functions. (25:47)

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