Discipline vs Punishment (for parents)

1hour 0.1CEUs

The class is also available as part of a Knowledge Collection

$29 Parenting: The Preschool Years See Details  


Discusses the difference between discipline and punishment, how to discipline a young child, steps to positive behavior, dealing with power struggles and management techniques.

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Discipline vs Punishment (Parenting)

Table of Contents

  1. Recommended Guidelines
  2. Approaches to Behavior Management
  3. Steps to Positive Behavior
  4. Management Techniques


Chapter 1: Recommended Guidelines 

a.  Understanding Each Child is Unique

The licensee shall have an understanding of the individual child's needs and stage of development.  The licensee shall promote the child's developmentally appropriate social behavior, self control and respect for the rights of others.

 b.  Providing Fair Discipline

The licensee shall ensure behavior management and discipline practices are fair, reasonable, consistent, and related to the child's behavior.  Staff shall not administer cruel, unusual, hazardous, frightening, or humiliating discipline.

c.  Implementing Behavior Management

The licensee shall be responsible for implementing the behavior management and discipline practices of the center.  The child in care shall not determine or administer behavior management or discipline.

d. Punishment

The licensee shall prohibit and prevent:i.

i. Corporal punishment by any personon the premises including: Biting, jerking, shaking, spanking, slapping, hitting, striking, or kicking the child; or other means of inflicting physical pain or causing bodily harm.

ii. The use of a physical restraint meant to injure the child.

iii. The use of a mechanical restraint for disciplinary purposes,  locked time-out room or closet

iiii. The withholding of food as a punishment

e. Emergency Situations

In emergency situations a staff person competent in the use of restraint methods may use limited physical restraint when:

i. Protecting a person on the  premises from physical injury

ii. Obtaining possession of a weapon or other dangerous objects 

iii. Protecting property from serious damage

 f.  Documentation

The licensee shall document any incident involving the use of physical restraint.

Required state specific links: Washington  (see WAC 388-148-1620/WAC 170-295-2040)  

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to :

• Recognize recommended behavior   management guidelines.

• Describe the difference between discipline   and punishment.

• Identify the five steps to positive behavior.

• Identify and describe different management   technique

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