Discipline is a topic that parents often discuss with other parents. Most of the time they wonder if what they are doing to discipline their child is right or if there are better ways. The best thing you can do as a parent before ever having to discipline your child is to behave the way you want them to behave. The child will see a good example of how their parents handle a situation and often repeat the action. When it comes to disciplining a child, it seems like there is something new said every week (i.e. spanking is awful, spanking can work in certain situations, etc.). In this post, some basic principles and ideas about discipline will be discussed, with examples given from time to time. First off, types of discipline will be discussed. Every parent should tailor how they discipline a child to the particular child, since no two children are alike. Ideas for types of discipline are time outs (remember: one minute for every year, such as 3 minutes for a 3 year old), taking away a favorite item for a period of time, letting the child know what they did was wrong and explaining what they should have done, redirecting the child to another positive activity, etc. Remember: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER resort to spanking your child under ANY circumstances! Some research has shown that when parents spank their children, the kids think its acceptable behavior to hit others. Another big no-no to remember when disciplining your children is to never raise your tone of voice. Kids can tell the difference in a parent’s tone of voice (be it sounding authoritative like a parent or yelling like a prison guard) and will react in an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, manner. Make sure that you and your partner discuss how to discipline your child before an issue ever occurs and then remain consistent with your disciplining. Lastly, remember to give your child the appropriate attention needed, set limits, but support and encourage them as they explore and learn about their environment. With these ground rules, discipline should hardly be an issue between you and your child.