DEAR DOCTOR K: My sister and I both have young children. She believes that toddlers are too young to discipline, but I think it's important to establish rules and consequences early. What do you think?
DEAR READER: Discipline is important for all children, including babies and toddlers. Disciplining your toddler means teaching and protecting your child, both at once. Your goal is to keep her safe by teaching her self-control and the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors. Discipline does not mean punishment.