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Child Discipline

Spanking and the Refinement of American Civilization

Allison Alter | Posted 04.02.2017 | Parents
Allison Alter

Periodically I notice a disturbing trend on my Facebook Newsfeed; the last during the emergence of the holiday season of giving that appears to bring ...

How Greek Parents Discipline Their Children

Penny Phillips | Posted 01.14.2017 | Parents
Penny Phillips

It is neither the threat of the police nor being baked in a convection oven that evokes the most fear in Greek children; it is not the wooden spoon or sandal either. It's the death stare of a Greek mother -- or what I like to call, the Voldemort of punishments.

How to Discipline Children That Aren't Yours

Quora | Posted 10.29.2016 | Parents

I don't have children of my own, but my sisters are eighteen and twenty years younger than me, respectively, and I've worked in childcare and education. Interacting with other people's children is easy when they're angels, and challenging when they're ... well, normal.

Handcuffs Are Not the Solution to Children's Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup | Posted 08.13.2016 | Impact
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

When an adult responds to a child's behavior with pain inducing force, the child is more likely to become fearful and to reject any message the adult is trying to convey.

4 Ways to Respond to a Mouthy Child (That You Can Feel Good About)

Tamar Chansky | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

When parents under-react strategically, they shape a new behavior that summons their child's best self.

Conscious Parenting: It's Not Just For Hippies

Lindsay Robin Christianson | Posted 05.28.2016 | Parents
Lindsay Robin Christianson

What does it mean to be a conscious parent? That you will magically become all-knowing? That you will know the perfect thing to say in every situation? That you will never yell, feel frustrated or lose your cool when you find your little one climbing up and sliding down the back of the car roof while your other little one is drawing on the car windows with permanent marker?

10 Tips on How to Correct Your Anxious Child

Tamar Chansky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

The next time your anxious child makes a mistake, take a deep breath, encourage your child to do the same, and by talking it through, give your child the gift of seeing that there is life on the other side of this moment.

Learning Lessons From A Little Boy

Cort Ruddy | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

"You lost dessert when you took your pants down at the table." I actually said that to him after dinner one day recently. As the girls all laughed, including his mother in a seriously-suppressed sort of way, I told him that it wasn't funny to moon the table.

Parenting Advice: Don't Kill Them

Ijeoma Oluo | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Ijeoma Oluo

You deserve an award for not evicting what is surely the world's worst houseguest. Acknowledge that, and instead of beating yourself up for feeling the way anybody would feel if a fellow human had just literally sh*t all over them, pat yourself on the back.

Barber Cuts Kids' Hair Like Old Men To Stop Them From Misbehaving

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.04.2015 | Weird News

An Atlanta-area barbershop is offering a controversial haircut free as a means of punishment for misbehaving children. Russell Frederick of A-1 Kut...

Spare the Rod, Save the Child

Boris Rubinstein MD | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Boris Rubinstein MD

I did not know what to do and was paralyzed by helplessness. I had planned a nice outing, but now, not only was my child was having a temper in a public place, but I was being tested.

One Size Does Not Fit All In Parenting

Catherine Pearlman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Catherine Pearlman

It is impossible to make all efforts with your children equal. So stop trying. Give your children what they need, when they need it.

Flipped Your Lid at Your Kid? One Way to Recover

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

As parents, we may not always react to our kids the way we'd like, but we'll always get another chance

Why Can't They Just Behave? Here's Your Answer

Heather Creekmore | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

I'm all for discipline and sometimes that is the only necessary path. But I think a lot of our frustration, our cries of "why can't they just behave," aren't really about behavior at all.

Your Child is Not the Enemy

Shari Medini | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

I started treating him like my buddy rather than a nuisance. I gave him the responsibility that he deserved, was capable of and wanted. I stopped pushing him to the side in the chaos of everyday life and slowed down to spend time with him.

Mom Guilt

Justine Solot | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

Why did I get so impatient when my 4-year-old treated the minivan like a jungle gym? I raise my voice too often. I tell them to hurry too much. I'm not a fun mom. I don't read enough with the baby.

It's Never OK

Michele Reiner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Michele Reiner

Last week NFL player Adrian Peterson turned himself in on charges of child abuse after a session of disciplining his 4-year-old son left cuts, welts and bruises on the boy's body. The gruesome incident sparked a national debate about whether or not it's ever OK for a parent to hit a child. Research shows the answer is a resounding "No!"

'That's What My Parents Did' Is Not a Valid Parenting Plan

Jen Singer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Jen Singer

Hitting a child is never reasonable. It's abuse. And it's time our country stops doing what its parents did, because a country that thinks it's okay to smack, spank, slap, and whoop its kids maybe didn't turn out all that fine after all.

What You Miss Out On When You Rely on Punishment and Reward

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Relying on punishment and reward is a lot like relying on fast food; in the moment it can be instantly gratifying, but nothing is really achieved.

Dealership Deal With My 4-Year-Old Son

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

We talked about different truck models, colors and engines. You name it; we chatted about it. But since I personally love cars, I put myself in his shoes and totally got it.

Restorative Discipline Should Be Common Practice to Lower Student and Teacher Dropout Rate

Marilyn Armour | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Marilyn Armour

Not surprisingly, student discipline correlates with dropout rates, and that's particularly troubling in Texas where 25 percent of students fail to graduate.

No Drama Discipline

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The key to a discipline interaction is to optimize the chance for learning by moving a child's brain from reactive to receptive.

Mom Sells 'Spoiled Brat' Daughter's Katy Perry Tickets

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents

A Fargo, N.D., mom punished her 18-year-old daughter who she called a "spoiled brat" by selling her Katy Perry concert tickets. "Daughter is a spo...

Disagreeing on Discipline: How Parents Can Resolve Conflict and Present a Unified Front | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents

Once upon a time, were you one of those couples who agreed on everything? You know the ones -- the pair everyone was jealous of, because you seemed so perfectly matched? Chances are, once you had kids, you had a rude awakening.

Stop Punishing Your Child And Do This Instead

OWN | Posted 05.21.2014 | OWN

Consequence. It's a familiar concept to parents looking to discipline an unruly child. If kids refuse to listen, they have to do extra chores. If they...