6 HEALTHY WAYS TO DISCIPLINE CHILDREN

Introduction

As a parent, your everyday struggle is to train your child to behave. None of us wants to shout at our little ones or hit them, but we do it sometimes because we lose our temperament. This toxic reaction of yours might have adverse effects on kids. Parents should never equate Discipline with punishment. In this blog,  we will discuss the strategies to discipline your child in healthy ways.

Right

 Corporal punishment or anger can never be the right approach to discipline your child as it can create resentment in the child. Disciplining your preschoolers can be a really tricky part of your parenting.

 Healthy ways you can follow to discipline  your child 

Creative  distraction

When your child is being stubborn, and becomes difficult to handle, distracting them with a more positive activity can prove to be helpful for example- by changing the topic, engaging them in some household chores, or going for a walk, you can successfully divert their energy towards positive behavior.

Do’s

 Explain to them the consequences of their bad behavior

If you want your child to stop scribbling on the walls, you can’t hit them or take their playtime off. Try to explain to them the reason why scribbling on walls is not good. This provides them with a warning and an opportunity to change their behavior. Spanking or hitting your little ones will teach them that violence can be a way to make things done or solve problems. These actions may stop their misbehavior for a while but create long-term temperamental issues in them. Try to search for alternatives to physical punishment

 Set a routine

Structure your child’s everyday schedule to make your child get used to a routine. Set a particular time for their homework, fun activities, and household chores. Encourage them to stick to their schedule so that it becomes their habit. This is the best authoritative approach to instilling discipline in your child.

Effective

 Reflect on your disciplined actions

Children take cues from their parents. They often mirror your actions. If you hit them, they may wonder why it is okay for you to hit them but they are expected not to hit anyone. They may find this unreasonable. If you are procrastinating on important chores for some less important task, you can not teach your child discipline. You have to ensure that you display self-control and Practice good behavior. Kids will observe and follow this pattern too. 

 Give them freedom

It is common for children to be naturally inquisitive, so it’s only normal for them to get into everything. Their job is to test their new sense of independence; yours is to set limits. Tell them what they should do instead of what they shouldn’t.

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Time out for yourself and your little one

Parenting is the toughest job. You’re bound to make mistakes and that''s okay. Apologize for losing your temper then and start over fresh. By doing so, you can teach them how to apologize. If you are so upset with your children that you are ready to explode or vent out your anger and frustration on them, take a few moments to calm down before trying to discipline them. Go to another room if needed and take some deep breaths. Then think of the ways to handle the situation without losing your calm. Taking time out, if needed, will help you discipline your little ones in a way that helps them realize that they made you angry but you have self-control which they need to learn from you.

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 Takeaway

Disciplining your little one can be very challenging, especially if their antics frustrate and confuse you. Discipline is the practice that helps the child fit into the real world effectively. Effective and positive discipline is about teaching and guiding children about appropriate behavior, not just forcing them to obey the rules. These interventions are aimed at pointing out inappropriate behavior and tantrums. It is important for the child to know that the parent loves and supports him or her. Disciplining children is one of the most difficult responsibilities in the parenting space. Catch  up with these positive and healthy ways that we have mentioned in this blog and detoxify your parenting space.

You can also read:

Importance of hobbies in child development.

Tips to overcome separation anxiety on the first day of preschool.

How to juggle parenting and your job?


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