When it comes to discipline methods, new parents today have a buffet of choices, from more traditionally authoritarian ones to new-agey ones like emotion coaching.
But all every exasperated mum or dad dealing with the 100th tantrum of the week wants to know is: Tell me what works!
It isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, I’m afraid. Because every child is different, what works for your firstborn may not cut it for your second kid.
In our Discipline Issue, we take a look at strategies for the toddler set and show you how they work for the same scenarios, so you have a better idea of the fine differences (page 40).
We also tackle common mistakes parents often make when disciplining preschoolers (page 44), and show you how to change your strategy when your kids enter the angsty tween years (page 48).
One thing our experts do agree on, whatever the age: Discipline is not punishment. Instilling fear in your child won’t teach her how to behave successfully in life, and may have serious effects down the line.
Neither does discipline mean that your kid is perfect or happy all the time. As long as you’re disciplining with love, rather than in anger, I reckon you’re on the right track.