Evidence suggests that parents of young children need to adopt a real-life approach to discipline that is heavy on teaching rather than the punitive stuff. My own work with Generation X-lead families suggests that those parents who base their discipline on the principle of consistency generally raise well-behaved kids and enjoy positive relationships as well, which is nirvana for all parents regardless of their generation!
Children need parental consistency as it gives them a sense of security and control. Consistency means parents dealing with the little misbehaviours and not letting them grow into bigger behaviours. It means parents following through and allowing children to experience a consequence when they misbehave. It also means that both parents in a dual-parent relationship have a similar approach to behaviours. Children learn from a young age to play one parent o...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)