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Gaining self-control is one of the biggest challenges that children
face between the ages of 2 and 5. Children need guidance, clear limits, and
patient parents during this time of behavioral and emotional struggles. They
also need interaction with other children and adults to help them learn
self-control and self-confidence.
Children learn to control their emotions best when parents and
Do not spank or hit your child. Some parents use spanking, hitting,
or other forms of physical punishment to discipline children. Despite a common
argument that physical punishment works because it makes a memorable impression
on the child, this type of discipline teaches children:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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