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Effective Discipline

Positive Discipline, Discipline through Play, and More

API's Eight Principles of Parenting are recommended companion readings as the foundation and context for all of our research-based resources.

Discipline is often confused with punishment, but it really refers to adult-child interactions more like teaching, guiding and coaching. The idea is to support children in learning to see cause and effect and gradually learn to adjust their behavior from unskilled to skilled, increasingly on their own.

Mistakes are a part of any learning process so there will be plenty of mistakes. Because learning can only "stick" when fear and stress are low to moderate, the goal is to keep our consequences and interactions at a level the child can understand and master. Our own reactions have to be in check too, if our goal is for the real lesson to stick.  


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