Successful parenting after being inconsistent

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Many experts would agree that consistency is one of the keys to successful parenting. But what happens if up to a point you haven't been particularly consistent. Is all lost for your child? And the answer is no. You can pick a starting point where all caregivers get on the same page. Mom, dad, babysitter, grandma. Pick a point where you all come together and know what the consequences are going to be for specific misbehaviors. It may take a little while for your child to realize that every caregiver is going to give the same consequence for that misbehavior. But ultimately they'll get that message that you all mean business, and that from this day forward things in the house have changed. It may take a few weeks before your child really gets the message. But ultimately if you practice consistency and you all work together, you will learn how to do it and your child will learn as well.

Learn about: Successful parenting after being inconsistent from Alanna Levine, MD,...

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Alanna Levine, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York-based pediatrician and a mom of two children.  As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Levine frequently appears on television and in print speaking about breaking medical news and common parenting topics.  Dr. Levine is also a contributor for BabyCenter.com, on the board of advisors for GetSweaty.com, and on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media.Dr. Levine sees patients at Orangetown Pediatric Associates in New York and is on staff at Nyack Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.   She completed her internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital, received her medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, a master’s degree in medical sciences from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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