Do's and Don'ts of Discipline
Effective ways to correct your child and things to avoid.
5 Basic Methods for Managing Children's Behavior
- Mild social disapproval with disapproving facial and verbal expressions of low-intensity
- Time out
- Ignoring the child or withdrawal of attention
- Behavior-specific praise accompanied by smiles, affection, and positive statements
- Establishing a rewards and incentives program
Courtesy of the Confident Parenting Program
Positive Discipline Strategies
- Encourage mature behavior
- Try compromising and problem solving when children misbehave
- Provide reasons for rules
- Reduce opportunities for children's misbehavior
- Allow children to participate in family routines and duties
- Use misbehavior as opportunities to teach children
Corporal Punishment: Useful or Harmful?
On the other hand, corporal punishment paired with a warm, loving, and affectionate parent-child relationship can be an effective means of discipline.
Best Forms of Discipline
- Time out: Children have an opportunity to change their behavior and it gives frustrated parents a moment to cool off.
- Withdrawal of privileges: Taking away a treat, such as electronics, allows parents to avoid harsh punishment techniques.
Aspects of the Parent-Child Relationship that Promotes Positive Behavior
- Parental warmth and affection
- Providing consistency in discipline and with the child's routines
- Respecting the child
- Listening and negotiating to enhance compliance
- Providing positive attention on a regular basis
- Allowing children to make their own decisions when appropriate
- Promoting children to express their feelings
- Parents modeling appropriate behavior for children
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