Punishment vs. Discipline—Why You Need to Understand The Difference

Nobody likes being the bad guy. We know it’s tough when our kids do something wrong, but we can’t avoid doing something about it. Punishment, discipline, how do you go about it? Many people think that punishment and discipline are the same, when in fact they are not. It is important to understand that there is a difference between these two words, and that punishment and discipline effect different reactions and lessons in your child.

Punishment vs. Discipline--Why You Need to Understand the Difference

Here’s what you need to know about punishment vs. discipline:

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When your kid is naughty, it’s so easy to just yell at them and tell them “NO.” But that is definitely something we should all avoid. Punishing your child whether it be verbally, physically, or by withholding rewards, will just be a temporary fix for that type of misbehavior—and that is something we don’t want. As a parent, you have to guide your child into doing the right thing, and making the right decisions. Disciplining your child will teach him the difference between right and wrong, and even encourage good behavior.

Here are a few tips on how to discipline your child:

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