Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Discipline Is Not Punishment

How are discipline and punishment different?

Discipline (teaching) is proactive and positive; punishment is reactive and negative.
Discipline focuses on the behavior; punishment focuses on the child.
Discipline is given in a calm, positive manner; punishment is often anger-driven.
Discipline has a long-term effect; punishment just temporarily stops a behavior.
Discipline changes behavior so the child feels good about himself; punishment can make a child feel bad or resentful about himself.

Are you disciplining today? Or are you punishing? Leave your comment below.

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