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Naughty vs. Nice: Teaching Your Toddler to Behave

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Disciplining a toddler can be challenging. It can also be rewarding for all involved if you get the strategies down.
Air Date: 11/6/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Naughty vs. Nice: Teaching Your Toddler to Behave
What is the best way to discipline your child?

As a parent, one of your jobs is to teach your child to behave. While this can take time, it's important to not get frustrated when your child acts out.

A healthy family unit can instruct children and give guidance about personal values and social behavior. It can instill discipline and help them learn and internalize codes of conduct that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

A positive structure can also help kids develop healthy interpersonal relationships. It provides an environment that encourages learning both in the home and at school.

On this segment of Healthy Children, special guest, Dr. Corinn Cross, MD, discusses effective ways to discipline your child.
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