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To the mom who wonders if spanking her 2 and 4-year-old would be a good form of discipline, since nothing else is working: Nine times out of ten, when you are not getting your kids’ attention and cooperation, it’s because your kids don’t see you “walk your talk.” In other words, they do better when they see their parents follow through on their promises. For example, rather than threatening, reasoning with or spanking them when they are uncooperative, say, “Unless you put your toys away now, we’ll have to put them in the bin. When you show me you are can follow the rules about putting toys away, then you may have them again.” And then, if they still don’t cooperate, put the toys in the bin! For my views on spanking, read my chapter on discipline in Parent School: Simple Lessons from Leading Experts on Being a Mom and Dad.

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