L. R. S. or least reinforcing syndrome is used by dolphin trainers.
When a dolphin does something wrong, the trainer doesn’t respond in any way.
The idea is that any response, positive or negative, fuels a behavior.
When the behavior provokes no response, it typically dies away.
Over the years I have noticed the same pattern with my son who happens to have ADHD.
Spankings and time outs when given in large quantities tend to lose their effectiveness.
The problem with my son and most ADHD kids is that they are impulsive.
Especially since my son is only six, learning impulse control is in the early stages.
He might get frustrated and tell you he hates you, but immediately afterwards ( unless he is exhausted) he says, “I’m sorry…I love you.”
I’ll admit that L. R. S. is not fool proof.
But an 80% effectiveness rate makes this mom’s day run much smoother!
After several years of L. R. S. training my son can now make noises that sound a lot like a dolphin laughing!
To read about L. R. S. and husbands… About a Happy Marriage by Amy Sutherland