Lawrence Balter


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  • ''The parent in charge is the disciplinarian.... I do not believe in letting discipline wait for another parent to handle it, nor do I think the father or mother should be allowed to become a shadowy figure who walks in the door and has to play the bad guy in the house.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 1 (1989).
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  • ''When a toddler uses profanity, don't make a big deal about it. If you do, you give the child more power. After all, it's only a word—one that won't do much harm to anybody. In fact, if you think about it, a nasty word is a step up from hitting or biting someone. So look at it as a sign of growth.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 3 (1989).
  • ''To worry about spoiling an infant by comforting him when he cries is needless.... If you put the baby down and the baby cries, pick him up. His crying isn't a habit you should try to break. Your baby can't be taught not to cry.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 2 (1989).
  • ''To make life more bearable and pleasant for everybody, choose the issues that are significant enough to fight over, and ignore or use distraction for those you can let slide that day. Picking your battles will eliminate a number of conflicts, and yet will still leave you feeling in control.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? "Speaking of Discipline," (1989).
  • ''To try to control a nine-month-old's clinginess by forcing him away is a mistake, because it counteracts a normal part of the child's development. To think that the child is clinging to you because he is spoiled is nonsense. Clinginess is not a discipline issue, at least not in the sense of correcting a wrongdoing.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 2 (1989).
  • ''Discipline isn't just punishing, forcing compliance or stamping out bad behavior. Rather, discipline has to do with teaching proper deportment, caring about others, controlling oneself and putting someone else's wishes before one's own when the occasion calls for it.''
    Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 1 (1989).

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