Child Discipline: What Works?
One thing I hate to do is discipline my son. He is such a good boy most of the time, but when he gets angry, he is awful! Disciplining your child is one of the hardest things to do as a parent.
They must understand that you are in charge, not them.
I remember getting spankings until I was around 6 or 7 years old. I did everything I could to avoid making my mother and father angry.
I haven’t spanked my son that often, but I have had to pop him when nothing else would work. Today, parents are looking for alternative methods of discipline and avoiding the dreaded spanking.
By the time your baby is four years old, you should have already laid down basic rules, only 4 or 5. The most important part of setting the rules is to stand by them.
Please go over the rules with your child whenever they break one. And do not explain yourself to your child. You are the parent; what you say goes.
Praise your child for any friendly behavior they show. This reinforces the idea that having friendly behavior is much better than inappropriate behavior.
We spend a lot more time scolding them for the “bad” things they do than on the “good” things. A simple “Thank You” is beneficial to your child.
Saying “no” makes a child furious. It means that they do not get their way or something they want. Use a firm tone of authority, not an angry one.
Make sure your child understands that when you say “no,” it means no. Don’t give in if your child continues to ask or plead; stand by your decision.
Would you mind helping your child understand the consequences of their actions or choices?
For example, if you are resting and your child is playing too loudly, you can give them the choice of sitting with you and reading a book or going to play in their room until you come to get them.
The one that my husband and I have used is the “time-out.” My son hates to sit still. If we have asked him to stop doing something or yells, we tell him to go to the “time-out” room and think about his actions.
Then we say when he is ready to talk about it, we sit down and talk. This works for most of his inappropriate behavior.
Child Discipline: What Works?
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