How to effectively discipline your child

Gila Brown, MA Child Development Specialist, shares advice for parents on the most effective approaches and methods for disciplining your child
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How to effectively discipline your child

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Traditional parenting is not the most effective approach as far as I'm concerned in terms of discipline and here's why. So, traditional parenting responds to behavior essentially. If your child is having a tantrum or throwing a fit or talking back, traditional parenting says that we respond to that behavior and we try to stop it. We try to stop the tantrum. We try to stop little Bobby from punching his brother in the head. That concernedly worked to some degree and it certainly in some cases is really effective short-term solution. It doesn't really serve the long-term solution which is helping little Bobby figure out why he's so upset and then giving him tools to express that or communicate that more effectively to us without having to punch his little brother.

Gila Brown, MA Child Development Specialist, shares advice for parents on the most effective approaches and methods for disciplining your child

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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