Today's Tip for Families

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Is Your Discipline Up-to-Date?

Discipline is most effective when rules and consequences are clearly spelled out and enforced consistently.

Of course, if it’s been some time since you updated those consequences, it may be time to consider whether they are still appropriate for your child.

Here are two areas that might benefit from some updating:

  1. Time-outs. Even if you no longer call it “time-out,” you may still send your child to her room when she misbehaves. But if her room is full of digital devices, games or other distractions, being banished to it won’t have much of an impact. Instead, have her sit screen-free in the kitchen or on the couch.
  2. Loss of privileges. True, being told to turn off the TV an hour early may have once been a fate worse than death, but what if your child now prefers to listen to music anyway? In that case, temporarily losing the tunes may make more of an impression.

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