Boundaries birth to 1 year

Very few children under the age of a year need true discipline. Up to this age, a child is not open to reasonable argument and your main form of discipline will simply be to set boundaries and say “No” and, if your baby doesn’t obey, to resort to the physical removal of either the baby or the object. Young babies should never be smacked or punished.

As they grow up, all young children need to be shown the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior by their parents. Many of these limits are implicitly set by the way members of the family behave to one another. Setting a good example by your own behavior is the best way to teach your child what good behavior is. It is part of your responsibility as the parent to give ...

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