2014 Resolution for Parents: Discipline, Not Punishment
Ohio News Connection Reporting
It isn't among the list of typical New Year's resolutions, like quitting smoking or losing weight, but one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive effects.
Ingrid Bauer is a mother of four and an expert on communication within families. She says there's a big difference between punishment – like spankings or time-outs, which may just teach kids not to get caught next time – and discipline, which can teach values and bring parent and child closer.
Bauer says using a discipline-based approach also works because, at the same time children are given expectations, they also learn that their needs matter as well.
Bauer says a better strategy than handing out punishment when a child misbehaves is to talk with the child, try to understand why they acted out, and then, work together to change the behavior.