Different Ways to Discipline a Child
A child that lacks discipline is not only in danger itself but puts a great deal of unnecessary stress on the parents. Too much or incorrect discipline, however, can have lasting negative effects on the child’s psychology.
Today we will focus briefly on different ways to discipline a child. This information must help you to the tech discipline of your child.
Remember that no one can tell you just how to parent and discipline your child. Discipline should begin as early as possible.
Very young babies will likely not understand any form of discipline you could offer. Your best route of action is to eliminate the opportunity for them to do wrong. You can do this by childproofing your home.
If you do catch the baby doing something dangerous or that you don’t want them doing, simply say, “No” in a firm tone and stop the child from doing what it’s doing. It may also help to replace the negative activity with an acceptable one to redirect and divert their attention.
Once the baby becomes older, many experts feel time-out is the best method of discipline. Keep in mind that a baby has a short memory. Keep time-outs short and make the discipline immediate.
Always explain in simple words why they are being put in time-out as well as let the child know that repeating the action will result in time-out again. Following the explanation be sure to follow through each time and place the child in time-out.
Don’t forget to sit down as a family and talk about house rules. Teaching your child that actions have consequences is more effective than teaching them that doing wrong results in punishment.
Children notice if you are not living by the same rules you set for them or if you fail to follow through with your consequences every time a negative action is performed.
It is especially important you both follow your own rules and follow through on any threat you make. Avoid making threats you would never keep out of anger. Many parents consider spanking as a form of discipline.
The jury is out so to speak as far as expert advice goes on this one. Some feel it hurts the child in more than one way, others say it has benefits now and later. If you do choose to spank be sure you are not hurting the child.
There is a difference between spanking and abusing. Always use an open hand and restraint. One way many parents feel spanking can be effective integrated is to use it only in severe situations. Circumstances were not obeying could cost your child its life.
This makes spanking have a shock factor by making it an out of the ordinary punishment, rather than a common consequence. For instance, if you caught your child playing with matches or a knife, spanking may be appropriate.
As with the time-out, the method is sure to explain entirely why the child is being punished before punishing.
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