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7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence

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Choose Your Words and Discipline Methods Carefully


Keep in mind that your children are observing everything at home, so resolve disagreements peacefully and use discipline methods carefully. Model "the golden rule" with your spouse so that your kids learn about good behavior and communication. Try to use positive reinforcement when your child behaves well, and learn how to effectively use punishments. Keep in mind that spanking is a bad idea. It teaches your child that violence is a solution to conflict, and the AAP strongly opposes it.

In addition to spousal and parent-child conflicts, sibling conflicts are very common. Sibling aggression is normal, but parents should try to step in before sibling fights turn physical and find healthy ways to address siblings who hit and fight physically.

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