Children need to receive emotional vitamins

If your child does not know how to read, you teach him. If your child does not know how to swim, you teach him. If your child does not know how to tie his shoes, you teach him. If your child does not know how to write, you teach him. If you child does not know how to behave, you … teach or punish him?

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By Lisa Brewster

Erin Hinton, the community awareness coordinator and an early childhood specialist for Smart Start in Davidson County, tackles the subject of discipline in a column in The Dispatch.

She concludes the piece by noting:

Here is my charge to you, parents: If you want your children to be a valuable member of society and have much success, you must do one thing. Before you react quickly to a behavior problem presented by your child, stop and ask yourself, how can I teach instead of punish? Going to the store to buy Flintstone vitamins is the easy part. Actually feeding your child emotional vitamins will come from your ability to respond calmly to these same situations. By doing this, you are giving your child the gift of a solid foundation for the future.

Read the entire column online.

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