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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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DISCIPLINE RULES

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the word ‘discipline’. It implies telling off, punishment, even (heaven forbid) beating. Children should be seen and not heard – all that stuff.

Actually, though, once you get over the word itself, it’s a handy essential skill for parents. If you get the discipline thing right, it is so much easier being a parent, and being a child. Yes, your kids benefit hugely from good discipline. We already looked at the value of boundaries (Rule 31), and discipline is about how to enforce those boundaries. When it works well, there should never be any need for telling off, punishment or beating. And then everyone’s ...

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