Disciplining your child is an important element of helping them grow up. However, there are certain ideas for discipline that work better than others. These are five different disciplining ideas that work, why they work and how to make the disciplining work for you and your family.
1. Reward good behavior
If you want your child to listen to you, be sure to reward them for the good behavior that they do. Say your child makes their bed every single day for a week, reward them with 30 minutes extra of screen time or a treat after dinner. Something a little bit luxurious that they might not get often will help to promote good behavior if there are benefits to be reaped.
2. Be clear about rules
If your child doesn’t know the rules, how are they supposed to follow them? Be clear about the rules and expectations of your child. It can also be helpful to make a list of certain rules in their room or in different places of the house. For example, a dinner table manners poster that is somewhere where they eat to remind them to eat their vegetables, say please and thank you and chew with their mouths closed.
3. Be strict about rule-following
Furthermore, be sure that if rules are not followed there is some form of punishment to go along with them. If you are not strict about the rules, your child will not see them as optional, and something they don’t necessarily have to follow. Have different punishments for different offenses like a minor rule that is broken is punishable by no TV that night and a major rule may be punishable by something more dramatic.
4. Don’t always punish right away
Sometimes your child will do something that really angers you, but remember to give yourself time to cool off before giving them a very harsh punishment. Take a step back and think about what a fair punishment would be for the severity of the misbehavior. Don’t let your anger get to you and be sure to take a moment and reflect before inflicting punishment.
5. Talk through problems
It’s not productive to simply punish a child for what they’ve done without asking them why they’ve done it and if they know it was wrong to do. Be sure to have a conversation with your child about why they have done what they’ve done and explain to them what was wrong with what they did. This way they can understand the problems with what they have done and learn from their mistakes.
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