April 25, 2017
It’s clear that I will need to start learning to fly a plane.
Those who were once kids and now have reached their mid-thirties and early forties have never been forced to join the armed forces and learn the value of discipline.
The use of positive and negative reinforcement personified.
How unpleasant does an action have to be to change behavior?
The rule is that the “NO” has to be as strong as the “GO,” but if the unpleasant action is well-timed and there is no previous pattern or habit of bad behavior to break, it does not have to be very serious at all, or last very long.
Puppies and children, for example, can be steered with little more than praise and a few rare harsh words most of the time.
But what if a bad behavior is deeply ingrained in a young adult and is self-reinforcing to boot?
The U.S. military has found that a lot of exercises, forging a pack dynamic within a group of raw new recruits, and powerful aversives all work to forge the best, and most disciplined, fighting force in the world.
|A pilot father’s discipline (with love) . . ..
Most people today think it improper to discipline children,
so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they
have had one of ‘those moments.’
Since I’m a pilot, one method that I have found very effective
is for me to just take the child for a short flight during which
I say nothing and give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her behavior.
I don’t know whether it’s the steady vibration from the engines or just the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games,
computer, iPod, etc. Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our flight together.
I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is an important element in achieving the desired results.
I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.
Should work with grandkids too!
Outtake from Full Metal Jacket
My personal experience with Army boot camp differed in no significant way from that depicted here with the Marines.