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Effective discipline that is safe, healthy, and promotes childhood learning and skill building includes four interconnected factors:
Punishment includes the following ways of dealing with misbehavior:
Unlike discipline, punishments are often punitive and focus directly on the problem behavior. Punishment does not teach the child how to change the behavior as a discipline focus does. Therefore, punishments can lead to embarrassment, anger, humiliation, fearfulness, anxiety and alienation from the caregiver. While punishment may have short-term effects, punishment is less effective than other forms of discipline.