Article Series

Discipline-Based Parenting vs. Punishment-Based Parenting

In our everyday conversation, most of us use the words “punishment” and “discipline” interchangeably. Is there really a difference? The purpose of this series is to suggest the significant distinctions we must make between the two to be successful parents.

Part 2: Being Consistent

Discipline-based parenting is consistent, predictable and whenever possible, involves predetermined consequences.  Punishment-based parenting is inconsistent, unpredictable, and minimizes the importance of predetermined consequences.

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“In spite of our determination to avoid repeating the mistakes our parents made with us, we may still be influenced by them.”

“If you want to see changes in the other person, start by looking at your own behaviors and the possibility that yours are actually perpetuating what you dislike in the other. ”

“Holding a grudge when our kids have disappointed us sends the message that our love and acceptance are both conditional and that they must somehow earn back the privilege of being loved again by us.”