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What is discipline vs. punishment?
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Here you’ll learn the differences between discipline and punishment. Understanding these differences can help you better approach and manage those challenging behavioral moments.

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Although most commonly thought of as punishment, discipline actually refers to a process of teaching and learning. Effective discipline is about teaching children so they can learn how to behave and manage their emotions. These skills are important as your child grows – and can last a lifetime. Punishment consists of giving a negative consequence, like taking away something the child wants, whether it’s a toy or a special activity, or making the child feel bad about what they did. When children receive a punishment, they are not taught what should have been done. Discipline, on the other hand, works with the child to shape behavior toward positive outcomes.

Check out the Discipline topic page for more references.

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