February 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #220: Separate discipline and empathy

Tip of the Week

People are more important then the silly things that they do. If your child hurts themselves doing something silly, separate your discipline about the incident from your empathy for the pain. Show your child that you care and love them despite what they have done. However, be careful not to overdo sympathy or the child may link the silly action with the sympathy and do silly things in future just to get sympathy. The order is to be sympathetic first and then discipline second, but donīt leave the discipline too long after the incident or the child may not make the connection between the two.

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