Discipline is a very important part of parenting.

Healthy discipline strategies will have these goals in common:

Discipline is about setting limits of behaviour for a child based on their age and ability to make decisions. Problems in discipline occur either when a parent does not provide enough limits or is too rigid in the “rules”.

Inflexible limits cause rebellion in children, especially as they grow older, when they want to make decisions and develop a sense of freedom and individuality. Discipline and limit setting provides balance between these two extremes.

Some tips for parents:

Use Discipline To Teach Negotiation/ Cooperation Skills



Do empower (help the child to do well)

Don’t engage in power struggles

Do express problems accurately

Don’t exaggerate or minimize

Do teach the child how to do better

Don’t shame or humiliate the child

Do set limits

Don’t hit, demean, or make the child feel bad about herself to control behavior

Do criticize specific behavior at specific times

Don’t criticize globally or label the child (lazy, dumb, liar, etc.)

Do respectfully confront

Don’t avoid

Do attend to positive behavior

Don’t reinforce negative behavior with exaggerated attention

Do allow your child to make choices within parameters acceptable to you

Don’t try to control everything

Do show that cooperation is fun and productive

Don't make cooperation unnecessarily difficult

Do foster an attitude of cooperation

Don’t demand submission

Do give your child freedom of choice within parameters of acceptable behavior

Don’t make most choices for the child

Do show value for the child when you want cooperation

Don’t devalue the child to get submission

Dr. Rituparna Ghosh
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Reference –


8 Positive Discipline Techniques Every Parent Should Know – Be Positive Series.

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