We have begun a new blog series on effective discipline, a key issue for parents striving to help their children grow and develop in healthy ways. Some parents choose punishment or the threat of punishment as a way to motivate and control a child’s behavior, arguing that punishment can help to stop undesired behavior. However, parenting experts are […]
As we begin our discussion of effective discipline, perhaps we should start by defining what it is and isn’t. Since I often hear parents discussing what they do to get their children or teenagers to comply with rules or change behavior, I also hear how much diversity exists in the understanding of discipline.
Many would agree that one of the toughest jobs is parenting. With children are numerous, sometimes overwhelming, variables: temperaments, issues, emotions, complex developmental changes often occurring simultaneously. The process of parenting takes a totally dependent infant to an independent adult, and while that process can be incredibly enjoyable, it is not without some extremely challenging periods, especially when involving […]