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When you discipline your child, you reward the behaviour you want to see. You don't reward behaviour you don't like. This allows your child to understand the difference between desired and undesired behaviour. The way you discipline must be right for your child's age.
Children can have many strong emotions. They don't always fully understand or control them. So they don't always listen to you or behave in correct ways.
Children need guidance, clear limits, and patient parents during their struggles with behaviour and emotions.
Effective discipline can help teach your child responsibility. It can also build self-esteem and strengthen your relationship with your child. It is one way to show that you love and care about your child.
No single technique works for all situations. It is best to try a variety of skills and approaches.
Whatever you do, be patient and do your best to be consistent about the limits you set.
For younger children:
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Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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