Effective discipline can be gentle, but often parents find it difficult because they fail to realize two crucial elements: you can only control yourself and you don't need to make a fuss.
Is harsh discipline always bad for kids? If not, how can we reconcile a desire to end such practices with research that may suggest they have a role?
Stress-Free Discipline promises techniques to help parents that will build the parent-child relationship. Unfortunately, it seems to be more of a behaviourist handbook than anything that will help families parent and discipline gently and meaningfully.
Recent research claims that punishment is effective, but is that what was really being said? Should parents jump on the time-out bandwagon or is a deeper look needed?