Practicing Positive Discipline

Published on June 12, 2017

Discipline, is often misunderstood as a set of do’s and don’ts. Discipline is rather the cornerstone for understanding values and responsibilities. You can teach your child to behave well by providing love, attention, praise, encouragement and a degree of routine. Instilling a sense of discipline comes over time as children practice the rules and learn what breaking them means. Scroll down for some simple and smart discipline fixes.

Express your love

Positive attention tops the list of parenting tips for toddlers and preschoolers. Make sure your display of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or moments of sternness.. Hugs, kisses and playful tussle, reassure your child of your love. Frequent praise and attention also can motivate your child to follow the rules.

Teach Children to be Sensitive

Being sensitive is one of the most valuable qualities that can be taught to a yupreschooler. Sensitive children know how to respect, they care for other’s feelings, they understand the value of sharing and all of these will naturally help them become well-mannered and disciplined.

Mind Your Language

Never ever use abusive language in front of your children – it is a strict “no-no.” Even if you catch your kids using any unpleasant words, take a moment and talk to them, tell them not to use the word again and ask them to be sorry as well. Remember to be well-spoken yourself.

Correct Them on-the-S

Spot but Politely

Do not pile up a list of bad manners or undisciplined actions and burst them all at a time. Your kids do not have the power to grab so much information at once. It is always better to rectify them if they have gone wrong right at that moment politely and clear the situation. This is more effective.

Accept your child’s Individuality

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality and don’t expect him or her to be just like you. While you’re likely to notice certain features of your child’s temperament, avoid labeling them – which can encourage bad behavior. Instead, nurture your child’s personality by finding ways to help him or her feel confident.

Minimize Rules

Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset – which might frustrate him or her – prioritize those geared towards safety first and gradually add rules over time. Make clear what’s expected of the child and what isn’t instead of making rules that are hard to comprehend.

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