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General Principles of Discipline

General Principles of Discipline

General principles of discipline:

While every child is different, most children need to be given consistent, clear rules and expectations about behavior. The following are some general principles about discipline:

Decrease unwanted behavior:

It is important to remember not to reward a child or give positive reinforcement for a bad behavior. For example, if a child is having a temper tantrum, giving him or her a cookie to be quiet is rewarding the child for the bad behavior. In order to help decrease the chance of bad behavior, consider the following:

Methods of discipline:

Discipline methods often depend on the age of the child, and how much the child understands his or her behavior. The following are some suggestions for discipline techniques for each age group:

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