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The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Do What You Want

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Punish Appropriately

If you’ve done these four steps and your child continues to misbehave, you may need to punish her. Don’t resort to hitting or yelling. Instead, come up with a solution that takes your child’s age into consideration. For a younger child, give her a timeout (about one minute per year of your child’s age) so that she can reflect on her actions. For an older child, temporarily take away a privilege (such as a cell phone). Explain your reasoning for the punishment, and be sure to praise your child when her behavior improves.