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Why do parents discipline their children?

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Discipline is the process of teaching your child what type of behavior is acceptable and what's not. It's teaching a child to follow rules. Effective discipline uses many different tools, like positive reinforcement, modeling, and a loving and supportive family. Sometimes it includes punishments, but that's not what good discipline is mostly about.

While relatives, schools, churches, therapists, and others can help, parents have the primary responsibility to help their child become self-reliant, respectful, and self-controlled.

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 05, 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 05, 2017

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