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Discipline That Works

All children "misbehave" sometimes, and all parents wonder how to stop the misbehavior. But that's only half of our mission as parents. The other half is raising a child who internalizes our guidance to become "self-disciplined." The most effective "discipline" for your child is always positive, loving, gentle guidance. Here's why.


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Ten Tips To Become a More Peaceful Parent

Here's how to use positive parenting, or Gentle Guidance, to raise an amazing, emotionally intelligent, child.

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When Kids Won't Cooperate: Give Choices

Giving choices may be the single most useful tool parents have for managing life with young children.

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What's Wrong with Strict Parenting?

People think strict parenting produces better-behaved kids. However, research shows that strict, or authoritarian, parenting produces kids with low self esteem who behave worse.

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Should You Spank Your Child?

Kids who are spanked are less emotionally healthy than kids who aren't. What's more, kids who are spanked behave worse over time.

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What's Wrong with Permissive Parenting?

Kids need appropriate, empathetic limits for healthy emotional development. When parents don't set limits, here's what happens.

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How to Set Effective Limits with Your Child

Our limits actually teach kids to set limits for themselves, which is otherwise known as self-discipline.

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Empathetic Limits in Action: Leaving the Playground

A script for setting limits with a toddler or preschooler. Before long, your child will climb reluctantly from the swing into her stroller when you say it's time for lunch.

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What's Wrong with Timeouts?

Timeouts ARE punishment, not any different than when you were made to stand in the corner as a child.

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Why Consequences are Just More Ineffective Punishment

How will children learn to do the right thing, if they don't suffer the consequences when they do the wrong thing?

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The Truth About Consequences

The advice parenting experts always give is not to rescue kids if they forget things so they'll learn a lesson. What that really teaches kids is that they can't count on their parents.

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Peaceful Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child

Have a strong-willed child? You're lucky! Strong willed children can be a challenge when they're young, but if sensitively parented they become terrific teens and young adults.

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How to Handle Your Anger at Your Child

In our calm moments we know that we could handle any parenting moment much better from a state of calm. But in the storm of our anger, we feel righteously entitled to our fury.

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Healing Yourself So You Can Be a More Peaceful Parent

The truth is that virtually all of us were wounded as children, and if we don't heal those wounds, they prevent us from parenting our children optimally.

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When Your Child Acts Out but Can’t Cry: Building Safety

Learn how to help your child break through his anger to release the tears and fears underneath, by building safety through play.

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Why Peaceful Parenting?

Peaceful parenting raises an emotionally healthy child who WANTS to cooperate.

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