Tips for Disciplining Children
By America’s Nanny Michelle LaRowe –
Disciplining a child is an act of love designed to equip your children with an internal compass that will guide them through life.
When your kids are ready to walk out the door into the real world, you want to make sure you’ve given them everything they need to be self-motivating, self-disciplining, empathetic, and productive adults.
A huge part of their preparedness for life starts with how you train them early.
- Discipline helps your kids; it doesn’t hurt them. Discipline is done out of love; punishment is done out of anger.
- The parent is in charge. You are the boss, and you have the right and responsibility to set limits and rules . . . and to implement them.
- Consistency is the key to success. Follow-through builds trust in your word. It lets your child know, without a doubt, that you will do what you say you will.
- Keep your cool. Discipline your children without lots of emotion. Don’t take things personally!
- Be a good communicator. Listen to your child. Acknowledge and validate his feelings, repeat back to him what you are hearing, and communicate to him effectively by clearly stating your expectations and the consequences if your child disobeys.
- Praise positive behavior. Praise is a great way to reinforce an acceptable behavior.
- Don’t give in to your child’s demands. By automatically giving in to a request, you are showing your child that you’re not in control, unsure of your decision, and not committed to doing what you say.
- Address the behavior, not the child. “You are a good girl; what you are doing is not.”
- Give choices that you can live with. Say to your child, “Do you want a time-out or not? The decision is yours. If you behave, we can zip along with our fun day. If you do not behave, we have to stop the fun and wait for you to finish your time-out.” This gives the child the power to affect his temporary destiny and is another step to building a good, strong internal moral compass.
Raise your child up in the way you wish him to go. He truly won’t depart. Promise.
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