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Parents, Kids, and Discipline

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Know When and Where to Go for Help

There may be times when you don't know what to do to help your child learn appropriate behavior. You may have tried all these techniques to no avail. Or you may not know how to change from what you're doing now to something that will be more effective. Any time you have questions about your child's behavior and discipline, check in with your child's doctor.

In addition, if you notice any of these concerns, seek help from a mental health professional:

  • Ongoing disrespect for all authorities: parents, teachers, and other adults
  • Aggressive or destructive behavior
  • Signs of depression, such as feeling blue for a long time, having no friends, or threatening suicide
  • If your child or other members of the family use drugs or alcohol to deal with stress or other problems in their lives
  • Several relationships within the family are difficult

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on December 16, 2013
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