What’s the Difference Between Discipline and Punishment?

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What’s the Difference Between Discipline and Punishment?

Discipline is good. It is a guide with limitations and expectations while teaching what is appropriate. It is okay. There is nothing wrong with disciplining your child. Having boundaries is a good thing.

Discipline is objective. It is a teaching tool for everyone involved. Furthermore, it gives direction on how to respect others, maintain self-control, and make good choices.

Punishment is bad. It’s a bridge between a parent and child. The more you punish a child, the less they share. It is usually done out of anger, which validates fear in children. And, it’s usually a disaster.

Punishment weakens your message and creates a dysfunctional pattern of communication.

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Bea Moise, M.S.
Beatrice Moise, M.S., BCCS., is a Mom to Awesome Jacob and Marvelous Abigail. Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Parenting Coach at Southeastpsych.com. Creator of A Child Like Mine, LLC created to help parents of children with behavior issues and unique needs on the Autism Spectrum. She is a writer and has a monthly blog in Charlotte Parent Magazine called Thrive. Follow her on twitter @Bea_EsioM & @AChildLikeMine

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