Discipline for different ages
behave; behaviour; toddlers; misbehaviour; misbehave;;
People often confuse 'discipline' with 'physical punishment', but they are quite different. Discipline is about teaching. It helps a child learn what is expected and to gradually learn how to control their own behaviour.
You don't need to physically punish children to teach them. They learn best when they feel safe and secure and 'good' behaviour is encouraged. The key is having a close relationship with your child as well as clear rules and realistic expectations.
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Learning to be a patient parent is as important as teaching patience to your children. It takes time!
Resources in South Australia
Child and Family Health Service
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Advice on child development and parenting
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Raising Children Network
Tips for parents on raising children
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