How to Discipline Preschoolers' Misbehavior? Research Proven Methods

Based on the results of two studies, give a warning first (which can reduce the necessary time-out by 74%). If a warning is not useful to stop preschoolers' misbehaviors, then follow up with a combination of time-out and reasoning. If time-out is not useful, then back it up with a mild spanking (e.g., two swats to the buttocks with an open hand) (please note however that corporal punishment of children is illegal in 35 countries around the world including most of Western Europe) combined with reasoning.  This approach is effective for decreasing the misbehavior of children aged 2-6. Be careful not to spank frequently because it can become counter-productive, detrimental, and can exacerbate children’s misbehavior. 

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1: "The Effects Of Discipline Responses In Delaying Toddler Misbehavior Recurrences," Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 1996, by RE Larzelere, WN Schneider, DB Larson. (Citations: 68).

ABSTRACT To compare the effectiveness of maternal punishment (eg, time out, spanking), reasoning, and the combination of the two, 40 volunteer mothers recorded their responses to incidents of toddler fighting and disobedience in a structured diary for 4 weeks. ...


1: "The Effects Of Warned Versus Unwarned Time-Out Procedures On Child Noncompliance," Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 1983, by MW Roberts. (Citations: 37).

Mothers of twenty-four noncompliant, clinic-referred, preschool children were trained to use either a warned or unwarned time-out procedure in a clinic analog setting to suppress child noncompliance to commands. Warnings respecified the command to be followed and ...


1: "Child Outcomes Of Nonabusive And Customary Physical Punishment By Parents: An Updated Literature Review," Clinical Child And Family Psychology Review, 2000, by RE Larzelere. (Citations: 222).

Abstract This article updates the only previous systematic literature review of child outcomes of nonabusive and customary physical punishment by parents. The outcomes differ by methodologic, child, and subcultural factors as well as by how the physical punishment ...

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