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Child Discipline

Parents often have questions about disciplining kids. Learn to understand your child's behaviors and learn effective discipline strategies for any age.

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Overindulging children can have serious consequences.
Overindulging Your Kids Isn't Cute—Here's How It Could Actually Be Harmful
Most good parents feel guilty every once in a while
Why Parents Feel Guilty and How to Deal With These Feelings
Make sure your child understands why you're saying no.
Parents Can Successfully Say No to Their Children
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7 Reasons Why Your Child Might Be Acting out
How to discipline your child without crushing his self-esteem.
Use Healthy Discipline so Children Can Feel Good About Themselves
Look for warning signs that your child may need professional help for behavior problems.
Identify Warning Signs of Serious Behavior Problems in Children
Behavior modification can be an effective way to change your child's behavior.
How to Change Your Child's Behavior With Behavior Modification
If your child doesn't listen, ask yourself these 10 questions.
Examine Your Goals and Expectations If Discipline Strategies Don't Work
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How to Tailor Your Discipline to Meet Your Child's Needs
Negative consequences and punishments aren't the same thing.
The Critical Difference Between Consequences and Punishments for Kids
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9 Things You Should Never Say When Disciplining Your Child
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Correct Your Child's Behavior, Not Their Emotions
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What Does a Parenting Coach Actually Do?
Your temperament plays a big role in the relationship you'll develop with your child.
Your Temperament Affects the Way You Parent Children
Don't put your child under too much pressure to succeed.
Consequences Kids May Experience If You're a High-Pressure Parent
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6 Dangers of Being a Control Freak With Your Child
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What Toxic Habits Between Couples Can Actually Hurt Kids?
Never force a child to hug someone.
Why You Should Never Force a Child to 'Give Hugs and Kisses'
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10 Surprising Reasons Why Kids Misbehave (And How to Respond)
Time-out is an effective negative consequence.
Why the Best Discipline Uses Both Positive and Negative Consequences
There are several reasons kids need discipline.
The Biggest Reasons Your Child Needs Discipline
There are lots of ways to discipline kids without spanking them.
8 Discipline Strategies That Are More Effective Than Spanking
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5 Factors That Influence Which Discipline Strategies Work
Your child will copy what you do so it's important to be a good role model.
How to Model the Behavior You Want Your Child to Exhibit
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What Do You Do When Parents Disagree on Discipline Strategies?
Get your child involved in creating your list of household rules.
Top Ways to Keep Your Rules and Consequences Consistent for Your Child
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This Might Be the Simplest But Most Effective Way to Prevent Behavior Problems
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10 Bad Excuses for Not Disciplining Your Kids
It's important to educate yourself about the facts on corporal punishment.
Surprising Facts About Spanking and Corporal Punishment
Make sure your consequences are effective in changing your child's behavior.
4 Questions to Ask When Child Doesn't Seem to Care About Consequences
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What Is the Difference Between Discipline and Child Abuse?
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Why Yelling at Kids Can Be Very Harmful
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Stealing Is a Behavior in Children That Can Be Corrected
Discipline works best when it includes these five core components.
Discipline Doesn't Work Well Unless It Contains These Ingredients
Play therapist often provide art supplies.
Could My Child Benefit From Play Therapy?
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How You Can Tell If Your Child Has Psychopathy
Although most secrets are harmless, you should tell your child that they should always tell a trusted adult.
Why Parents Shouldn't Tell Kids to Keep Secrets
Get your child's attention before you give instructions.
7 Things You Should Do When Your Child Ignores Your Directions
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How to Know If You're a Perfectionist Parent and What to Do About It
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Different Cultures Raise Kids With Their Own Unique Spin on Parenting
4 types of parenting styles
4 Types of Parenting Styles and Their Effects on Kids
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How to Create a Token Economy System That Will Motivate Your Child
Authoritative parents raise capable kids.
Strategies That Will Help You Become More Authoritative to Your Kids
Mother talking seriously with young son.
Getting Your Child to Quit the Talking Back Habit
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5 Positive Discipline Strategies to Change Your Child's Behavior
Parenting experts say this is how you raise a healthy child.
Parenting Experts Say These Are The Most Important Things Parents Should Do
Restitution can help your child repair his friendships.
Teaching Kids to Be Responsible for Their Behavior With Restitution
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How to Raise Children That Are More Responsible and Mentally Strong
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6 Ways to Motivate Your Teens in Doing Their Chores
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Dealing With Your Child's Tantrums Before Going to Preschool
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5 Different Types of Child Discipline
These discipline strategies are more effective than yelling.
How Can Parents Discipline Kids Without Raising Their Voice?
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How to Create an Effective Reward System for Kids
These parenting quotes provide inspiration on difficult days.
These Parenting Quotes Will Help You Keep Things in Perspective
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Signs You Are Too Strict With Your Child
Ignore attention seeking behavior and it will go away.
Why You Should Ignore Some of Your Child's Behavior Problems
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What You Need to Know About Helicopter Parenting
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8 Tips to Minimize Your Kids' Fighting
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Will Spanking Kids Really Scar Them for Life?
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Positive Discipline Techniques That Really Work

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