Positive discipline strategies

Marcy Axness, PhD Childhood Development Specialist, shares advice for parents on positive discipline strategies that can help a child learn to right his or her behavior
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Positive discipline strategies

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The most effective discipline begins with the parent understanding that discipline doesn´t equal punishment. I find it helpful if parents think of changing out the word discipline with the word leadership. And that helps them choose what kind of discipline they want to use. So a discipline mantra that I teach my clients is: Imitation, Redirection, and Habituation. So imitation meaning the child learns first and foremost from watching you, so behave the way you want them to behave. Redirection, if your four year old is toddling over to Aunt Bessy´s glass vase, you just gently take her by the shoulders and stear her away. You don´t explain to her why you can´t touch it and it´s precious. You just steer her away. And then habituation is the more that you engender this kind of right action and the more rhythm that you have in the life of a child, the more predictable routine, that child becomes habituated to right behavior. And discipline really ceases to become a big issue.

Marcy Axness, PhD Childhood Development Specialist, shares advice for parents on positive discipline strategies that can help a child learn to right his or her behavior

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Marcy Axness, PhD

Childhood Development Specialist

Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at Mothering.com and a member of their expert panel. Featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education, Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress. She considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world -- Ian and Eve, both in their 20s. 

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