Styles of Discipline

A look at the most effective discipline and parenting style for kids.

Discipline Styles

When it comes to limit setting and guiding our kids, not all discipline styles are equal.  Some parents equate discipline to punishment, others take a lassez-faire approach and others find the right balance. John Westland a social worker with the Hospital for Sick Children elaborates.

“In general, if parents take what I call an ‘authoritative stance’ with their kids, things tend to go much better. By ‘authoritative’ I mean a parent makes age-appropriate demands on their son or daughter, and is also responsive to them. Things go much poorer when parents take an authoritarian’ perspective, the old ‘my way or the highway’, or a permissive approach where they aren’t demanding at all of their son or daughter, or a worst case scenario where a parent is more rejecting and neglecting, where they’re not demanding anything out of them or responding to their needs.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is  John Westland, social worker in adolescent health at the Hospital for Sick Children.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations.  From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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