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How does taking away privileges work as a discipline technique?

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Sometimes there isn't a natural or logical consequence for a bad behavior -- or you don't have time to think it through. In this case, the solution may be taking away a privilege. For example, if a middle schooler doesn't complete their homework on time, you may not let them watch TV for the evening.

This discipline technique works best if the privilege is:

  • Related in some way to the behavior
  • Something the child values
  • Taken away as soon as possible after the behavior, especially for young children

From: Parents, Kids, and Discipline WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

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