When It Comes to Discipline, It's Not One Size Fits All

Tuesday January 15, 2013

By Amy Morin

There's a reason that kids don't come with a manual. Kids are like snowflakes. No two are alike. So when it comes to discipline, you can't treat them all the same.

Even siblings can have vastly different personalities that may make certain discipline strategies more effective with one than the other. Give one kid a stern look and perhaps she tears up. Ground the other one for a week and she acts like she doesn't care.

Parents often decide on a few discipline techniques they'll use. And that might be successful much of the time. However, it's likely there will be times that those strategies just don't seem to work.

Some parents have kids who just don't respond well to traditional discipline strategies. These kids require a little outside-the-box thinking.

Other kids may respond well to discipline strategies the majority of the time but they may have one area or one behavioral issue that just doesn't seem to change. It can make parents want to pull their hair out.

But before you risk going bald, there are some things you can do to determine what you can do to make discipline more effective. Ask yourself these 10 questions about your discipline strategies to identify changes that you can make to increase the effectiveness of your discipline strategies.

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