Effective Biblical Discipline

Smiling tween girl wearing a black bandit mask and enjoying a large bowl of macaroni & cheese. She has given her broccoli to a little dog in the background.

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Why Do Kids Misbehave?

Michael Anderson and Timothy Johanson

Often the reason a child engages in troubling behaviors is not complex. There is a payoff for the child, some reward for the negative behavior.

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Retooling Timeouts

Mary Martin

Helping kids understand choices and consequences and develop self-control.

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Young boy shaking hands and looking into the eyes of a man

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Respect Starts Now

Jill Rigby Garner and Sheila Seifert

It's never too early (or late) to teach kids to be respectful.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents

This weekend, psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. 

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Sound Advice for Today's Parents (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical advice to parents who need help in disciplining their children effectively. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Tweak Your Child’s Bad Attitude

I’m sure this’ll come as no surprise to parents everywhere: sooner or later, every child is going to need an attitude adjustment.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Discover Their Motivation

Many parents struggle with how to get their children to be responsible around the house.  The trick is to figure out what motivates them.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Shaming Kids

You see it everywhere, from youth sporting events to grocery stores.  And, these days, even on social media.  I’m talking about parents who use shame to discipline their children.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Anger to Get Compliance

There are a lot of parents who believe anger is the only way they can get their children to do what they’re told.  If you’re one of them, I have a surprise for you!

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Raising Well-Behaved Children

Psychologist and author John Rosemond offers parents sound, biblically-based advice on disciplining children.

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Girl toddler in striped shirt banging on pots and pans

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Create a "Yes Zone" for Your Toddler

Kathryn O'Brien

Honor your children’s God-given drive to learn and understand while still training them to obey by balancing the yes /no, can/can’t and don’t touch/please touch decisions in their lives.

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Boy bored with mowing the lawn

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Getting My Child to do His Chores

Dave Meurer

Read one father's humorous look at why his son wasn't completing his assigned tasks.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Principles Not Rules

Here's a question: Do you, as a parent, make a lot of rules for your kids? Now, rules are important. But sometimes parents think of them as a foolproof way to corral an unruly child and transform him into a mature young person.

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Why Kids Misbehave

Here are three ways parents encourage their kids to misbehave.

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A toddler pouting while sitting in time out

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When Children Become Angry

Learn more about the different forms of anger, what they indicate and how a parent can deal with each type.

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A little boy looks sad at the dinner table

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Creative Discipline Ideas

Try these discipline ideas from the book <​em>Creative Correction<​/em>!

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Approaches to Discipline

Parents develop expectations for their child's behavior based on age. However, there are factors to keep in mind.

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4 Secrets to Successfully Handling Behavior Problems

This article series contains clever tips and proven discipline approaches for all stages of childhood from leading child psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman.

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Effective Child Discipline

How do you get your children to obey, and what should you do when they won't?

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