How to discipline and set limits with your child

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How to discipline and set limits with your child

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First of all, discipline is not a dirty word. Discipline is the process whereby the child learns what is expected first within the family and then outside in the world. It takes a long time for them to internalize. So, in terms of disciplining children, what you want is to be a good model. You want to model the behavior that you want your child to adapt. You want to know what your own limits are. And, you want to set a few clear rules that you are very consistent about enforcing. Not too many. Most of the rules are around safety for self and others. Those kinds of rules about not hitting, not biting, being gentle with yourself and with others. Those are the really important ones.

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Lisa Sunbury, MA

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Lisa Sunbury has dedicated her life to caring for, supporting, and advocating for infants, toddlers, and their parents. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education, in a variety of roles. After earning a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, she worked as a nanny, and as an infant/toddler teacher in several respected childcare programs. While attending a workshop led by Diana Suskind, which focused on the unique needs of infants and toddlers in child care centers, she was introduced to Magda Gerber’s philosophy of infant care. Intrigued by Magda’s work, she went on to study with her for three years at the original home of RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers), in Silver Lake, California. There she earned a certificate of completion in the program to become a RIE Associate. She has taught RIE Foundations through University of California Santa Barbara, presented at several early childhood conferences, and had her writing published in the RIE Newsletter and the Giant Encyclopedia of Activities for Infants and Toddlers. Her most recent work has included growing her website, Regarding Baby, and caring for a wonderful family that includes two young children. She maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) and RIE, and is proud to serve on the board at Santa Cruz Toddler Center.

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