Disciplining Children

It's not easy to discipline your big kid. Our tips and advice can help you handle temper tantrums, set healthy limits, manage power struggles, and discipline with love. Keep the peace, and change both of your behavior for the better.

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How to Practice Positive Discipline at Home

Positive discipline is a parenting technique focused on kindness, trust, and connection. Here’s why some experts say it’s the ideal way to teach children right from wrong.

You Hit Your Kid and Shouldn’t Have—Now What?

Hitting a child is never a recommended form of discipline, but it happens, especially during stressful times like the pandemic. Experts explain how you can avoid spanking your child and what to do if you already have.

The Right Way to Set Up a Reward System for Kids

Reward systems rely on positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Here's how to make reward systems work for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged kids.

Teen Shoplifting: Causes and Consequences

Teens steal more often than you might think. And the punishment is far harsher and longer-lasting than you can imagine. Experts break down what to do if you catch your child shoplifting—plus how to prevent it from happening again.

Time-In Is the New Time-Out

The decades-old discipline method is due for a modern, more effective makeover, according to parenting experts. 

Small Ways to Tackle Big Child Behavior Problems

Bedtime. Mealtime. Cleanup. Some days can seem like one kid behavior battle after another. Here's your chance to stop banging your head against the wall and try something new to get your kid to listen.

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Is It Okay to Snoop on Your Kids?

You have to know where your kids are, what they're up to, and who they're with. But tweens and teens also have a right to privacy. How can you keep close track of their lives without violating their trust?

Parents Outraged After Their Son Is Punished for Referring to His Teacher as 'Ma'am'

Teretha Wilson and McArthur Bryant raise their 10-year-old son Tamarion to call their elders “ma’am” and “sir,” but that politeness got the fifth grader in trouble with a teacher at his preparatory school.

Your Child's Behavior at Home vs School

Does your child act drastically different at school than he does at home? Here's how to get your teacher's pet to keep up his angelic behavior around you.