Empty threats undermine your authority as a parent, and make it more likely that kids will test limits.Consistency is the key to effective discipline, and it's important for parents to decide (together, if you are not a single parent) what the rules are and then uphold them.The earlier that parents establish this kind of "I set the rules and you're expected to listen or accept the consequences" standard, the better for everyone.Although it's sometimes easier for parents to ignore occasional bad behavior or not follow through on some threatened punishment, this sets a bad precedent.
When your crawling baby or roving toddler heads toward an unacceptable or dangerous play object, calmly say "No" and either remove your child from the area or distract him or her with an appropriate activity. A child who has been hitting, biting, or throwing food, for example, should be told why the behavior is unacceptable and taken to a designated timeout area — a kitchen chair or bottom stair — for a minute or two to calm down (longer timeouts are not effective for toddlers).Social versus physical maturity First, remember that your teen’s social maturity may not be in line with his or her physical maturity.In other words, many teens with autism feel the physical desire for sexuality before they have the social competence for successful dating.Mention how everyone likes to have someone show genuine interest. Together, brainstorm possible topics of conversations. If your teen made the invitation, encourage him or her to pay.If he or she was asked out, make sure he or she has enough money to offer to pay at least his or her share.