Babies and Toddlers: Discipline

Overview

Discipline provides a way to teach children acceptable behavior and guide their development. While every child is different, most will benefit from some level of discipline as a way to learn good behavior. Discipline for babies and toddlers needs to be age-appropriate, and have clear rules and consistency. Parents should strive to create a safe environment for their children and reward good behavior.

There are several strategies for disciplining babies and toddlers. For example, a time-out may be used to remove a child from an emotional situation. This controlled period allows the child time to calm down and think about his or her actions. To promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles, parents should also follow guidelines for setting good television-viewing habits.

Parents must remember that each child is unique. Consult the child's health care provider if there are concerns with behavior or discipline.

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