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Use Appropriate Consequences to Shape Your Kids' Behavior

By February 17, 2012

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A mom disciplines her young son.The consequences we choose for our kids have, well, consequences. Getting mad and even yelling at the top of your lungs might be an understandable response in the moment, but it's not going to help your child make a better decision the next time. And, ultimately, that should be our goal when we're disciplining our kids -- teaching them to make good decisions.

Because we can't be there all the time to watch over them, warn them, and nag them. Instead, we should approach discipline as a tool for shaping our kids' future behavior, something we choose intentionally, rather than emotionally.

It takes a little practice, but don't worry -- your kids will give you plenty of opportunities to try out new strategies! For help getting started, read How to Choose Appropriate Consequences, which includes tips for every age group.

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February 17, 2012 at 11:16 am
(1) Bruce says:

Love is never having to reprimand- for the alternative, someone is going to have to feel bad and that may be both of you if you cannot separate yourself from the grief you just inflicted. http://parentingforsingles.blogspot.com/2012/02/children-and-discipline-never-having-to.html

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