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New Policy from American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Effective Discipline and Guidance for Raising Healthy Children
Posted in thread News.
Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidance for parents and other caregivers to use effective discipline strategies for children that do not involve spanking, other forms of corporal punishment or verbal shaming.
The change in AAP policy is due to an increasing awareness of the effect of corporal punishment for normal child development. Corporal punishment can bring on a cycle of escalating poor behavior and more severe punishment. AAP’s new policy, which will be published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics, updates 20-year-old guidance on child discipline. This latest statement stems from a body of research that was unavailable two decades ago.
Read AAP’s statement here.
So what are healthy strategies for dealing with challenging behavior?
Talk with your pediatrician and child care teacher to help identify age-appropriate discipline and guidance. Rewarding positive behavior, setting limits and expectations, and redirecting behavior can be effective strategies.
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