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Parenting is tough, especially when it comes to the discipline portion of the job. We’ve learned that keeping your responses simple can help avoid going to battle with your child.

The goal is to have an understanding and not confrontation. We’re bound to witness both at some point though. Dr. Joan Ershler, director of the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin says that kids can only process so many words at once, so keeping your disciplining short and simple is the most effective tactic.

These phrases are as short and effective as they get…go ahead and shove these in your parenting toolbox!

  • “I know, it’s hard.”
  • “Walk, please.”
  • “Try again,” or “Let’s have a redo”
  • “I love you too much to argue.”
  • “I can’t understand you when you use that voice.”
  • “How do we ask?”
  • “What did I say?”


Obviously, all of these are situational, but it’s worth a try! What’s your “trick” that you use with your kids?