A child’s age, developmental level, and individual characteristics should be considered in the implementation of discipline. Innate temperament will influence a child’s tendency toward compliance, as will his energy level and individual attentiveness. Even birth order is a determinant, with first born children generally being more persuadable than their subsequent siblings. Age influences a child’s need for behavioral correction, with punishment more frequently needed and used during the preschool years.[i] All these child factors influence which disciplinary measure a parent uses in correction and how it is implemented.
[i] Dietz, TL. Disciplining Children: Characteristics Associated With the Use of Corporal Punishment. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2000;(24)12:1529-1542.