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Spouses who have similar feelings or opinions about most issues often have very different ideas about discipline. Make a point of talking to your partner about how you plan to set limits. And when you agree on a plan, be sure to share it with your child's care provider — a consistent approach is key.

Think about taking a parenting class on discipline (if you haven't already) to get more information and learn how the two of you can work together. Ask your child's health care provider about local programs: They're often available through the American Red Cross, the YMCA, community colleges, health plans, and health departments.

Even veteran parents can benefit from the new insights and approaches they'll learn in a class. Plus, you'll have the added benefit of meeting other parents. You and your child both deserve a community that can provide the emotional and practical support you'll need.

FYI: Time-outs are best for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Learn how to use this important technique and how to avoid common pitfalls.


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