Why Discipline (Not Punishment) Works

While we sometimes use the terms “punish” and “discipline” interchangeably, discipline actually means “to teach.” Mistakes are teachable moments, better suited to discipline and education than to punishment and control. That’s because discipline sticks with your teen longer, giving them the tools they need to make better decisions in the future. So how do you ensure that you’re disciplining and not punishing? Discipline makes the connection between action and consequence, and it comes from a calm space and not anger. So take a deep breath before opening the conversation and watch your teen grow as they learn.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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