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Disciplining Kids

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

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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.

No, Actually, It's Not OK For My Son To Lick You

Lisa Eicher | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

The thing is, I can say with great certainty that if Archie had been a typical child, she would not have even looked twice. In fact, she may have even thought, too bad, punk. But because Archie has Down syndrome, in her mind, he needed to be let off the hook. Um, no.

How To Threaten Your Children Effectively

Jason Good | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Jason Good

Kids really don't care at all about what happens in the future unless by "the future" you mean the next eight seconds.

This Is What It Feels Like When You're About To Punish Your Child

John Kinnear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

I will love her AND be mad at her. I will know that this may not be the right thing to do, but it is the best way I know how to do it at that moment.

WATCH: Foul-Mouthed Boy Gets Public Shaming

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

The sign, clutched by 12-year-old Dylan at a busy intersection in Spring, Texas, says it all: "I was suspended from school for cussing out my teacher....

Doesn't Parenting Impact the Learning Process?

Mark Baer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If parents don't know how to discipline their own children, that is a parenting issue, not a teaching issue.

The Best Discipline for Toddlers

GalTime | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
GalTime

Children want to be like their parents: If you can regulate your own tension, the children will learn to do that too. If you put your feelings into words, once again, your children will learn to do that.

Les Enfants Fantastiques! A Review of Pamela Druckerman's Bébé Day by Day'

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

They say that those who fight the hardest are those who are the most alike, so perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me that when it comes to parenting, the English and the French have quite a bit in common.

7 Mantras That Helped This Post 50 Mom Survive Parenthood

Grown And Flown | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

I have survived two decades of parenting by talking to myself. My incantations are my alter ego reminding me to put things in perspective, step back and take a breath and that things will probably be okay. So while the mom voice in my head is shrieking, at myself or my kids, there is a calmer quieter voice reminding me to count to 10 before I speak.

The Parenting Cliché I Finally Understand

JD Roberto | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
JD Roberto

Now I'm beginning to think my parents' judgment was a good deal better than I gave them credit for -- at least when it comes to getting your kids to do what needs to get done.

10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids

The Orange Rhino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
The Orange Rhino

After all four of my boys burst into tears, I decided enough was enough.

7 Ways To Improve Your Kid's Behavior

Babble.com | Posted 04.01.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

The behavior I'm expecting from my daughter has not gotten better because what I'm doing is just being confrontational and even desperate in my attempt to "fix" a problem without digging deeper to find strategies that would be more long-term.

Parents Taking Control

Michael M. Osit, Ed.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Michael M. Osit, Ed.D.

Kids have an inordinate amount of power and control in their families. Many parents seem unwilling to be the authority, take control and be firm with their kids. It's as if parents are afraid of "damaging" their kids or their relationship with them if they say, "no."

Why I Will Never 'Pop' My Grandkids

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Carpenter

With the holidays upon us, what other grandmas might do may be tested. Families will gather and children will act up. Some grandparents will spank or send kids into corners. Some parents will bristle. Or not. To each his own.

Dadmissions: Time Out

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

The past five decades have seen the birth of computers, man walking on the moon, the fall of Communism and other earth-shattering events, but time outs are still the best we can do?  

8 Ways To Stop Your Preschooler From Name-Calling

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, When my 3-year-old is angry or frustrated with me, which is pretty often these days, she calls me names like "stupid poo-poo head." I h...

5 Parenting Strategies That Work

Delia Lloyd | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Delia Lloyd

This week I thought I'd share some new (but really) old parenting strategies that seem to prove their value again and again

Too Many Threats

Juliet Linley | Posted 12.10.2011 | Parents
Juliet Linley

"My mother led me to understand that threats shouldn't be the motivating force behind getting kids to do certain things -- because one day they won't work anymore and we'll be left powerless."

A Parent's Concern: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 11.13.2011 | Parents
Linnie Frank Bailey

One evening a few years ago, I received a frantic phone call from a friend. She was sitting in her driveway guarding her son's video gaming systems. They were on the front curb next to the family's trash cans.

Can You Discipline Your Children Without Using Blame?

Carl Alasko | Posted 09.20.2011 | Parents
Carl Alasko

It requires a shift in thinking. Once you realize that criticizing, accusing, punishing or humiliating your child does not create a collaborative atmosphere, does not bring your child closer to you in a shared purpose, and instead focuses attention away from solving the problem, you will begin to enforce your rules in a far more constructive way.

The Problem With Parenting Today

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Redmond

Parents draw a line in the sand, the child steps over the line, so the parents draw a new line, and it goes on and on from there.

The Magic Trick For Getting Kids To Follow Rules

John Medina, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Medina, Ph.D.

All kids need rules, but every brain is wired differently, so you need to know your kid's emotional landscapes inside and out -- and adapt your discipline strategies accordingly.