Doing Good For Goodness Sake

Writes Kicking it Unschool:

I try to do what is right simply because it is the right thing to do, not out of fear of punishments or hopes of rewards later down the road.

I want the same for my children, and so I do not create artificial consequences for their actions. Acting morally because we feel obligated, fear punishments, or expect rewards is not true morality.

As an adult, I’m certainly this way. I surely wasn’t as a kid in many ways, but was in others. Likewise I want the same for my children, so have removed as much as I can threats of these sorts from my parenting. I still have to catch myself from time to time, however.


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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.