18 Discipline Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

From bribing your kids to throwing your own tantrum, we've all had low moments when it comes to trying to get our kids to behave. Here are the most common discipline mistakes parents make -- and how you can avoid them (19 Photos)

Dina Roth Port on Oct 10, 2012 at 5:19PM

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18 Discipline Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

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Barking Orders

"Get your coat!" "Brush your teeth!" "Clean your room!" Bossing your child around isn't the best way to get him to behave. "When you command your child to do something, his body will tend to stiffen and his brain will send the message to resist," says Jane Nelsen, Ed.D, author of the Positive Discipline series. Instead, she recommends asking your child a question such as "What should you wear so you're not cold?" or "How can you make your teeth feel clean?" or "How can we make sure no one trips on all these toys in your room?" which lets her body relax while her brain searchers for an answer. "Asking questions invites the child to think for herself and helps her feel more capable, connected and likely to cooperate," says Dr. Nelsen.

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