The most effective form of discipline

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The most effective form of discipline

Generally, when kids misbehave, traditionally, we set out to punish them; so they don't do that again. A more effective way of disciplining kids, is teaching restitution. Restitution means, that when I've done something hurtful or when I broke something, I make it up to them. Not because I'm being punished or being forced, but because it's the right thing to do. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to break that vase. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Restitution is a really great way of empowering kids and teaching them to be compassionate, responsible, and caring individuals.

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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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