When to use discipline with kids

Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on when it is most effective to use consequences in discipline with children
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When to use discipline with kids

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Using consequences in discipline can be a little tricky. Sometimes they are used as a threat, which I don't recommend. I recommend using consequences in a very natural and normal way. Children need to know that all actions have a ramification or repercussion of sorts. Two kinds of consequences I recommend. One would be natural consequences. They are just as they sound. If a child is fussy and not putting their shoes on or sunblock on for on the way to the park, they are late getting to the park. Their park time is shortened. That's a natural consequence of their behavior. The other kind of consequence is a logical consequence. That's one that is, sort of, fabricated by the parent, but it also makes sense. For example, a four year old who forgets to put his helmet on while riding his bike, he loses his privilege of riding his bike for a period of time. A teen who misuses their computer time, loses the privileges for a period of time. Natural consequences and logical consequences are the best to help parents be effective disciplinarians.

Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on when it is most effective to use consequences in discipline with children

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Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP

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Dana is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been teaching parenting classes for the past 10 years. She understands that all families are unique, but believes that children thrive with healthy values, discipline, respect, and an environment where parents understand normal development and are open and excited about their role as a parent. Dana is a true advocate for children and parents alike. Today’s parents are inundated with blogs, books and boatloads of people telling them what to do.  Dana uses her advanced practice nursing background to help parents better understand research and information pertaining to parenting.

Dana has written many articles, lectures, and does private and small group consultations. She has completed a parent handbook on discipline and is currently working on a new book. 

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