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Disciplining Children

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Medford, Ore. — Disciplining children can be easier said than done.  That’s why a local pediatrician is sharing tips on how to discipline in a constructive way.

Dr. Mary Murdoch with Southern Oregon Pediatrics shares the best way to discipline your child.  She says it’s important to discipline them with natural consequences (if you drop your cookie on the floor, you don’t get another one), logical consequences (remove a privilege) and time-outs.

Dr. Murdoch said time-outs work best for children 2-5 years old.  She offers these tips:

- Choose a boring and safe location for a time-out

-Give your child one warning (unless it’s aggression).  If it happens a second time, send them to time-out

-When the time is up, they can return to play

Consider these tips as a parent:

-Be aware of what your child can understand

-Think before you speak

-Don’t give in

-Be as consistent as you can

-Learn from your own mistakes

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend spanking.  It says there are several side-effects including speaking increases aggression, parents may regret their actions later and it can lead to physical struggles.  The American Academy of Pediatrics also says spanking loses its impact.