10 Careful Ways of Disciplining Children

Discipline has always been an issue in parenting. Children sometimes commit mistakes that get the worst out of every parent. However, disciplining your child does not have to be a traumatic process. After all, your aim for instituting discipline is a well-behaved child who can distinguish what is right from what is wrong and not a robot. Here are some ways on how parents can discipline their children without having to appear threatening.

1. The way of disciplining a child can start very early. The bond that is formed between the parent and the kid is important in communication. You cannot expect a kid to pick up and learn anything from his or her parent if they don’t have a proper bond.

2. Set some rules or boundaries and let your child know about it. In this way, he/she will now what is expected of his/her behavior and what is not acceptable.

3. Explain to the child the consequences of his/her actions and why punishments are given. Parents should be clear that punishments are being done due to the bad behavior that was committed.

4. Be consistent and firm of the rules that you set with your child. Confusion can certainly arise if they would not be punished after they committed something bad. They might think that it is alright to do something wrong as long as they can convince you not to punish them.

5. Do not overwhelm your child with too many rules. Learn what to prioritize in implementing in the household. Oftentimes, responsibilities as well as chores are usual priorities. Also remember that the things that we want to inculcate will not be learned overnight - it is a gradual process.

6. When instituting discipline to your child, point out which acts that he/she did wrong in order to prevent the repetition of the said behavior. In this way, he/she will be able to learn from his/her mistakes.

7. A generally effective punishment for children is to deprive them of certain privileges. For example, if you set rules about watching TV only until 7:00 p.m. your child shouldn’t be watching TV after that time. As punishment, you can take away his privilege of watching TV for one week or ground him or lessen his or her allowance.

8. Because children tend to extend their bedtimes when they get older, another effective technique of disciplining them is to impose an earlier bedtime.

9. It is helpful to motivate children in doing good acts by appreciating things that they do. Children most often want affirmation from their parents when they do something good. However, parents should keep it to an appropriate level to avoid going overboard.

10. Because even the most behaved child can break some rules, negative reinforcement could sometimes be handy. This may mean talking to the child or giving them punishments. Explaining to them that they are the ones responsible for their actions is a good idea. If they failed an exam, that is because they didn’t prepare for it.
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