What Are Some Common Methods of Disciplining Children?

Disciplining a child is most effective when a parent sets clear boundaries, rewards good behavior, punishes bad behavior and sets a positive example. Some specific examples of discipline strategies include time-outs, taking away privileges, extra chores and corporal punishment (such as spanking).

A time-out is a set period of time where the child is confined to their room and not allowed any form of entertainment. Temporary loss of privileges (dessert, television or visiting friends) is also an effective discipline method. A more serious punishment may involve making the child carry out extra chores such as mopping the floor or raking leaves. Parenting experts no longer recommend laying hands on a child as a form of discipline.