Anger is Not Discipline

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the parent from the child!

A friend remembers sitting in a restaurant next to a father and his young toddler. The boy was obviously tired of waiting for his food, because he kept squirming and screaming, all the while trying to escape from his high chair.

The young boy threw his fork on the floor, so the father picked it up and slammed it on the table. “Stop that,” he said in a loud whisper. Again the boy grabbed the fork and tossed it. The father repeated his actions, this time shouting “No.” This went on for a full ten minutes before the father completely lost it, grabbing his boy and storming out of the restaurant.

You can’t expect to keep kids in line if you can’t even keep your own temper in control! The key to discipline is calm and consistent authority, backed up by clear consequences.

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