In our last blog, we discussed ways to discipline your child. Read on for more tips!
Teaching Your Child Manners
The best approach for manners is showing your child how you treat other people. Emphasize saying thank you and please to people and encourage your child to say it as well. When you see them doing nice things around the house or treating their siblings well, you should congratulate them and say “thank you for…” If you notice they forget to use their manners, you can gently remind them.
Teaching Your Child the Importance of Teamwork
Enrolling your children into a sports team is always a great idea. It will teach them discipline, teamwork, and responsibility. If they are not interested in sports, consider clubs, Girl/ Boy Scouts, community service, etc. Learning to work with other kids and people is a great lesson that they can learn young.
Teaching Your Child About Consequences for Their Actions
It’s important to teach your child about consequences for their negative actions. You want to provide structure to your children but you also don’t want to overwhelm them with too many rules. You will figure out which rules work best for you and your family. For example, if you want them to help more with cleaning up after dinner but they forget, you should enforce that as a “punishment” they will need to load and unload the dishwasher for the remainder of the week. When disciplining your child, you will want to try and avoid negative disciplinary measures. For example, you do not want to scream or yell at them or threaten to take away something they enjoy. These punishments should be used as a drastic measure and if you need a stronger way to discipline them. However, children make mistakes a lot but their mistakes are typically not serious enough to warrant a negative reaction.
Overall, great parents focus on promoting patience, happiness, and respect to their kids. Parenting is unique to the parents and the kids so in many ways, there is not just one solution or approach for disciplining your child.
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