How do you help your child learn how to behave? What do you do when your child does not listen to you?

Here is general guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on effective discipline. (Information applies to all sexes and genders; however, for easier reading, pronouns such as she are used in this publication.)

Many parents think discipline and punishment are the same thing, but they are quite different.

You may not realize it, but you help your child learn good behavior from the time she is born. For example, when you respond to your baby’s cries, your baby learns that you are there, that you can be counted on, and that she can trust you. Your responses teach your child all about love.

Once your baby starts to crawl and walk, safety is a critical discipline issue. Creating a safe environment is the first step. For example, keep...

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