How To Discipline Consistently And Effectively

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Here’s an infuriating truism about discipline: Not everything works for all kids or in all situations, but consistency is key to ensuring your kid understands limits and right from wrong. The American Academy Of Pediatrics guidelines begin with simply helping kids understand the consequences of their actions, but they also explain how to withhold privileges or employ a timeout when necessary. Whatever method you try, it’s key to remember that kids rarely learn things the first time around, how you respond to their behavior sets the tone of what comes next and you have to discipline with empathy – also known as the “3 R’s of Discipline“: repetition, reaction and reassurance.

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