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Appropriate discipline helps when kids tests limits

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Are you dreading the next showdown with your child or teenager?  Do you struggle with being the “pushover” parent or “tough” disciplinarian and feel like you can’t be the parent you want to be?

Testing limits is a normal part of human behavior, but it can still be uncomfortable when parents or caregivers find themselves in the position of having to say “no.” Ignoring the problem might get you through the moment, but it will keep coming up again and again without appropriate discipline. Overly harsh punishments lead kids to feel resentful rather than sorry.  The art of parenting involves finding balance between structure and flexibility that works for your family.

If your child is regularly disrespectful, lying, or breaking rules, call Centegra Health System at 800-765-9999 to make an appointment to get the help you and your family deserve.

Dr. Joy Prepejchal is a licensed clinical psychologist with Centegra Physician Care. She helps families manage children who have unruly behaviors.