Health and Parenting

Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It's one of the most complex and challenging jobs you'll face in your lifetime -- and also the most rewarding.

Topic Overview

Think of discipline as a way to guide and teach your child about positive ways to behave. A parenting style that works well is one that uses discipline proactively. The goal is to use techniques that encourage your child's sense of responsibility, nurture self-esteem, and strengthen your relationship with your child. This may involve setting limits, explaining why a certain behavior is wrong and what can be done instead, discussing values, and using distraction, time-out, and natural and logical consequences.

No one technique of discipline works for all situations. The wise parent develops a variety of skills and approaches, such as:

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