Appropriate limits for children
Helping children to name their feelings and emotions, and providing support to express them in acceptable ways is an important step in guiding children's development. This process may include the setting of limits. United States
Discipline and limit setting
Discipline and limit setting provides guidelines and support children until they have learned how to manage their emotions and behaviour without their parents' help. Brazelton cautions parents against confusing discipline with punishment - when parents discipline children by setting limits they are not just preventing bad behaviour, they are creating an opportunity to teach their child about appropriate behaviour. United States
Talking to parents about setting limits
Parents often need support in managing their children's behaviour in positive ways. Setting limits and responding in a positive way to their children's misbehaviour is an important strategy for parents. United States
Children need limits
Young children need limits to help them feel secure and safe. When limits are set, children learn they cared for and that the parent or carer who sets the limit is responsible and taking care of them. United States
Using limits and rules positively
Limits that are clear, positive and consistent are an important way to help children become morally well-developed, socially appropriate, self directed and happy. United States
Book: Young children's behaviour: Practical approaches for caregivers and teachers
Book: Managing difficult behaviour in young children
Book: Discipline in school-age care: Control the climate, not the children
Book: Challenging behaviours in early childhood settings: Creating a place for all children
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