We all have our own way of disciplining our children. After all, every child is unique, and what works for some children won't work for others.

That said, there are some constants in discipline that all parents can try to follow. In the following video, John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Baby, gives some key advice on how to make things stick. In particular, it's important that children have a certain level of moral awareness -- rather than just shouting in moments of high emotion, it's important make sure they fully understand why the rule is taking place.

The acronym he uses for discipline is CAP:

Clear: Make sure the rules are obvious and there is an explanation.
Accepting: The rules are delivered in a consistently warm and accepting environment.
Praise: Reinforce the behavior, and praise the absence of a bad behavior.

When parents provide clear, consistent boundaries, and the reasons for the rules are always clearly explained, they'll generally produce more moral kids.

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Rules delivered with certain characteristics have the best shot at instilling moral awareness in children.

Key Takeaways:

Be clear with rules and explain their existence thoroughly.
Present the rules in a warm and accepting environment.
Give praise whenever necessary to reinforce good behavior.

Kids Need Rules - John Medina

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