According to the experts, many popular child-discipline tricks may be setting parents (and kids) up for failure. According to current research, common tactics — such as withholding treasured items — fail to improve a child’s behavior. Instead, taking a more positive approach, with less harsh discipline, proves more effective. Dr. Alan E. Kazdin from Yale University suggests that parents dole out at least three or four times as many instances of praise for good behavior as time-outs for bad behavior. Additionally, giving calm verbal reprimands is more effective than shouting to express one’s disapproval of a child’s behavior. Experts also recommend that parents use specific, clear instructions instead of vague, conditional commands in order to foster children’s cooperation.
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