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Is Punishment Necessary to Discipline a Misbehaving Toddler? Experts Weigh In On The Subject

“Discipline is necessary. Punishment is not,” according to one expert.

Mark Andrew





Parenting is indeed not for the faint of heart. Go ask any parent about it and they’ll easily tell you that.

Disciplining toddlers, for example, can require a great deal of effort – and you wouldn’t even be sure if you’re actually doing it right. Instilling good behavior is a constant challenge. It takes time and patience for both the parent and the child.

So is it okay to punish toddlers for misbehavior? Should they be spanked and yelled at? While parents may have different opinions about the topic but some experts agree on this thing – punishment is not the same as discipline.

Toddlers are too young to understand the concept of punishment, according to experts.

Research psychologist and book author Peggy Drexler, Ph. D, put it this way:

“Discipline is necessary. Punishment is not.”

Besides, toddlers, who are children between ages 12 to 36 months, still have no clear idea of right and wrong and so putting punishment in the picture could likely add to the confusion.

Generally speaking, “some understanding and a frank parent-child discussion” should do the trick, suggested Dr. Drexler.

When parents choose to sit down and talk, toddlers are more open to listening and they “better understand what happened.”

Physical punishment often sends the wrong message.

When a toddler hurts a sibling or a playmate, hitting as a form of punishment is not a good way to correct the misbehavior, pointed out experts.

Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician, taught that spanking definitely isn’t the way to go for younger children, particularly because “you are trying to teach her that hitting is wrong.”

Of course, setting clear boundaries should be done to ensure order in the home. Parents should be loving yet firm in implementing rules and reasonable consequences as children grow up so they can behave better.

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‘Construction Guy’ Who Becomes Hit Instagram Influencer Is NOT What He Seems To Be

Followers love him for “trolling influencers and winning.” It looks like he’s also trolling everyone else!

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  • Omar, who goes by the handle @justaconstructionguy, now has over 500,000 followers on Instagram.
  • It was, however, later revealed the account is just a marketing trick by a coffee brand.

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‘Gladiator 2’ Confirmed To Take Place 25 Years After Original Film

Are you ready to go back to the arena with Maximus?

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  • The beloved 2000 movie is getting a sequel set two decades after the death of Maximus Decimus Meridius.
  • Ridley Scott will return to direct the movie which could follow the story of Lucius, the nephew of the tyrannical emperor Commodus.
  • Russell Crowe might reprise his role as the Spaniard.

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Why The ‘Perfect Body’ Keeps Changing And What It Will Be Like In The Future

Do you have a “perfect body” shape?




Having the "perfect body " type is something that many people strive for. Although we are all aware that there is no such thing as "perfect," we still aim for it as we connect perfection to being beautiful.

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