from the experts at SparkPeople.com
Discipline tips from moms like you
Discipline is hard. It's hard to be the bad guy, hard to always be the one in control. But it can be done.
The first thing to remember is the old adage that prevention is the best medicine.
Run it off.
Keeping your kids moving--playing tag, digging in a sandbox, throwing a ball, riding a bike, jumping hopscotch or skipping rope--will burn off the excess energy that leads to trouble. Getting little ones to play alone can be hard, so remember: helping burns off energy, too. Cleaning? Give them a rag and let them "dust." Gardening? Give them a shovel and let them dig. Better busy than bored.
A hungry child is a cranky child. While no kid needs to gorge on junk, children do need a diet full of protein and calcium and carbohydrates. They need plenty of water (most dentists recommend juice only at meals), and healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables in between meals. A baggy of raisins and a water bottle will