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Nessa, I feel your pain. You may consider teaching instead of just discipline. When everyone is calm – e.g. the next day, ask him to role play what happened, and what are the different options for how to react. Do the proper response ten times. It’s breaking a habit (explain that), so it will take patience and repetition. I tried discipline for years, but only this seems to work, as non-intuitive as not using punishment sounds. I think it has to do with a delayed ability to think about consequences. I’m not advocating no natural consequences – teaching him the skills can be as important. Good luck. Susan