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Tips for Effective Discipline

  • Be realistic and expect a child to act like a child.
  • Choose a few simple, important rules for behaviors; explain them repeatedly to your child.
  • Use a few clear words to explain how you want your child to behave.
  • Show by your example how you control your anger.
  • Use words - not violence - to discipline your child.
  • Use positive discipline methods to teach good behaviors to your child.
  • Don’t put your child down when he or she misbehaves.