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Pediatrician: Discipline should start early with youngsters

October 18, 2005

Albany-- A touchy subject for parents is how young is too young to discipline your child. For some local doctors, you can never start too early.

Linda Baxter, Director of Preschool at Byne Memorial Baptist Church says, "Sometimes, if you are having a problem, you can go to a parent and discuss it."

But just how young is too young to start disciplining your child? Pediatrician Dr. Bruce Smith, who sees a lot of the infants here at Byne Memorial Baptist Church preschool, says discipline in important. "The purpose for discipline is to prevent injuries as soon as a child is able to do something wrong and dangerous that's when you start."

Smith recommends when they start to reach and grab at four months that's a perfect time to teach them a word to prevent an injury. Saying words like "no", or "stop", can help teach them rules.

"What you do as soon as they grab your hair or earring is simply say no. You can also give a little smile and put the baby on floor or quilt if it is too hard, then take two or three steps turn around pick up the baby and that becomes a little time out."

  He also says you have to be proactive because kids learn from your actions. "Avoid what I call chair glue, you have to get up."

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