Avoid Putting Kids Down
Of course kids should be made to understand that what they did was wrong. On the spur of the moment, putting your child down might seem like an effective way to accomplish this, but don’t let this impulse get the best of you. Dr. Finkelstein says that putting kids down “only serves to reduce their self-esteem over the long run and can lead to significant rebellious behavior down the road.” When you're angry, count to 10 before you blurt anything out. Then, when you do correct your child, try to take a more constructive approach that stresses how important it is to always think about the potential impact of his words.