Parents, what's your method of discipline?

In a recent study by Dr. Shari Barkin of Vanderbilt University, one in three parents reported that they could not effectively discipline their children.

The study also found that about 45 percent of these parents used time-outs, 41 percent withdrew privileges, 13 percent yelled and more than 8 percent spanked. Many of these parents acknowledged using the same methods of discipline that were used on them as children.

Discipline is derived from the Latin word meaning instruction. However, we tend to separate the idea of discipline from our instruction. In today’s world, we are more apt to refer to discipline as a form of punishment used to correct a negative behavior.

The theories on disciplining one’s child vary greatly, because every family tends to have its own system of handling these behaviors, and every child is different.

These methods of discipline can vary from overly indulgent to extremely negligent. Yet, most of us fall between these two extremes. Most families function between authoritarian and authoritative forms of disciplines.

An authoritarian form of discipline is one that follows strict rules of order. In this style of parenting, the adult tends to control the child. These parents value obedience and demand respect at all times. The punishments in this style of parenting are usually harsher and sometimes the parents set high expectations that a child cannot always meet.


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