The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Disciplining your child is not easy, but it is a vital part of good parenting. The AAP recommends a three-step approach toward effective child discipline. First, establish a positive, supporting and loving relationship with your child. Without
this foundation, your child has no reason, other than fear, to
demonstrate good behavior. Second, use positive reinforcement to
increase the behavior you want from your child. Third, if you feel discipline is necessary, the AAP recommends that you do not spank or use other physical punishments. That only teaches aggressive behavior, and becomes ineffective if used often. Instead, use appropriate time outs for young children. Discipline older children by temporarily removing favorite privileges, such as sports activities or playing with friends. If you have questions about disciplining your children, talk with your pediatrician.