Learning how to lay down the law

Aug. 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM ET

Being able to say no to your child is a fundamental necessity, but some parents find it hard to do. Whether in the home or out in public, the ability to assert parental authority and follow through when your children misbehave is a crucial tool. Experts agree that children not only benefit from imposed parameters, but actually want that structure. Anne Curry sat down with Dr. Alana Levine to discuss the potential ramifications of not being able to effectively discipline your children and shared some advice on how to deal with those inevitable tantrums. Parents, do you have a problem saying no to your kids? When they’ve acted out of line, what methods have you used to lay down the law? What’s worked? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below.