How can I discipline my son without giving him the message that he is a "bad child?"
Never tell a child that he is bad, lazy, stupid, a
failure or any other put down. Help him recognize what it is
about his behavior that needs to be changed. All children
need to feel loved, regardless of what they may do. You can
say, "I don't like the way you acted at the soccer game, but
I still love you." Remind him that everyone makes mistakes
and these are opportunities to learn and grow.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009