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iVillage.com: Discipline Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

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Forgetting the Love

"It's important to make a connection before a correction -- it lets children know they are loved unconditionally, even when they need to change their behavior," says Dr. Nelsen. Otherwise, the child might feel threatened and either fight back, freeze with fear, or zone out completely. Saying something like, "I love you, but the answer is 'No!'" or resting your hand on his shoulder helps a child feel a sense of belonging and significance, so he'll more likely listen and cooperate, Dr. Nelsen explains

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