Discipline At Every Age: The Home Hour Episode 40


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What’s your discipline style?

Are you relaxed? Authoritative? Do you use punishments, rewards, natural consequences?

When a reader asked Sarah and I for some advice on a common – but totally exasperating – toddler tendency, we realized that not only do we rarely write about discipline here on the blog, but that we had never actually discussed our own personal discipline philosophies.

So we decided to answer the question together on The Home Hour without talking it over first. Going in blind on a discipline discussion? Sounds risky, but we thought it would be an interesting way to find out more about each other’s parenting styles.

It turned out to be a great conversation, and we know you’re going to love it.

Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show.)

Here are some of the links we talked about in this episode:

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We’d love to hear what you thought about our discussion. Do you have a similar discipline style to either Sarah or I? Has it changed from child to child or stage to stage? What books or resources do you recommend? 

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  1. Love the discipline/child relationship thoughts you shared! Thanks for reminding me about telling kids their emotions are okay, even if their actions aren’t. My favorite book for parenting very young kids is “1,2,3 – The Toddler Years,” and it is consistent with the strategies you offered. It also has the advantage of being short and sweet, very clearly written! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0940953250?pc_redir=1412322983&robot_redir=1

  2. I was listening to the podcast, and then rewound it so my husband could listen to it with me. We have a five-year-old and a two-year-old and are trying to figure out how to parent positively and without the punitive power struggles that we grew up around. Your intelligent, practical podcasts are the best!

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