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How to Give Clear Instructions to Children

Does getting your child to do something feel like an impossible task? One of the reasons may be the way you’re giving an instruction.

How to Get Your Child to Listen and Follow Directions

Stop asking the same thing over and over, stop raising your voice, start following these steps to get kids to listen the FIRST time.

Nine-Year-Old Son Can’t Control His Impulses and Shows No Remorse

How to Stop Constant Bickering Between Brothers

I am wondering how to stop the constant bickering between an 11-year-old and his 12-1/2-year-old brother. It’s getting ridiculous, the things they bicker about.

Single Mom with a Mentally Ill Daughter and a Son Who Has Become Dangerous

I am a single mom with a mentally ill daughter and a son who has such deep-seated anger that he has become dangerous.

Two Teenage Boys Messing Around with Drugs

I have two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17. Both are messing around with all kinds of drugs and have been kicked out of high schools for selling drugs. They won't go to school. They skip all the time.

A Positive Approach to Discipline that Can Work for Any Family

As a parent and a Family-Teacher at Boys Town, I have learned that Boys Town’s method of disciplining children can be incredibly effective for all parents.

Don’t Spank Kids, Teach Them

Physical punishment typically occurs in heated emotional states. This is the least effective time to teach children, and you can’t expect children to learn what you are trying to teach them.

Time-out Guidelines for Parents

Time-out involves removing your child from the good stuff in life, for a small amount of time, immediately following misbehavior. Here are some ways to make it more effective.

Why Is Positive Feedback So Important?

Watch this Quick Tips video from Boys Town parenting expert Laura Buddenberg about the importance of taking the time to acknowledge your kids when they do well.

Effective Ways to Discipline a Six-Year-Old

I don’t think I am ​effectively disciplining my six-year-old son. He seems immune to punishment. What should I do?

Out-of-Control 3-Year-Old Boy

​I am a stay-at-home ​mom with an out-of-control 3-year-old boy. He is destructive. He throws toys, breaks things, screams, hits and torments the dog.

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