Without a doubt, disciplining your child is one of the most important, yet difficult, roles of being a parent. Effective discipline teaches your child to be self-disciplined later in life.  It helps your child grow up to be happy and well-adjusted. Effective and positive discipline teaches and guides children, and helps them to feel safe, secure, and valued.

No matter how stressful it is to go through the process of grooming your little ones, it will be well worth it to watch them grow up and become functioning adults that contribute to society in meaningful ways.

Let’s explore some great tips that you can begin applying today…

TIP #1:  Base Discipline Upon Your Child’s Age

Discipline should be based on your child's age, development and temperament. A parent's goals for disciplining their child is to protect them from danger, to help them learn self-control and self-discipline, and to develop a sense of responsibility.

Children should be respectful of their parent's authority. If they're disciplined harshly or unfairly, especially if it includes shouting or humiliating, will make it difficult if not impossible for a child to respect and trust their parents.

TIP #2: Be Consistent In Your Disciplinary Actions

Parents must be consistent in their disciplinary actions. Discipline that's not consistent is confusing to children, no matter how old they are. If parents are inconsistent in the way they discipline their children, children may find it hard to respect them. It can also indirectly encourage misbehaving and result in confusion and frustration for the child.

TIP #3: Discipline Must Also Be Fair

Parents must make sure that the punishment fits the crime and doesn't punish too severely or is too lax. The consequences of their actions should be related to their behavior. For example; if your child uses profanity towards you, then you’d punish them accordingly, you could take away their toys or whatever they value the most for a week or two. You’d want to make them understand the important of not using that type of foul language and how disrespectful it is.

TIP #4: Train Your Child To Make Sound Decisions

In order to discourage bad behavior, give your child choices about what to do. He or she will appreciate the chance to make decisions. Make sure rules that protect the safety, health and well-being of your child are given top priority. If your child is irritable, tired or upset, be understanding and try to help calm them. It's important to keep in mind that bad behavior can sometimes be circumstantial. The great thing about giving them the opportunity to make decisions is that they’ll feel empowered and this positive behavior can follow them for the rest of their lives.

TIP #5: Spend Quality Time With Your Child To Encourage Positive Behavior

Encourage positive behavior in your child by spending quality time alone with them each day. Give your child hugs, cuddles or a gentle pat on the back, and give praise when it is due. If your child is angry or sad, try to understand why, and try not to get frustrated with them. Teach your child good behavior by setting a good example and behaving properly and appropriately yourself. Leading by example is a very powerful way to teach your little one model behavior. Try not be one of those parents that make statements such as, “Do what I Say And Not As I Do!” You don’t want to be a hypocrite in your child’s eyes.

You just learned 5 Tips On How To Effectively Discipline Your Children

Rising children is no easy task, especially in today’s environment where the world has become so connected due to technology, which can cause a lot of additional distractions.

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Even little children are affected, because they watch what older kids and adults are doing. TV shows and movies are filled with violence, sex, and kids being disrespectful to their parents, which gives your little ones the impression that this behavior is acceptable.

All of these negatives can make your parenting duties that much more difficult, because you’re competing with actors and actresses your children will fall in love with that may display bad behavior.

When it comes to discipline, be consistent, and never give up on guiding your children no matter how stressful it may become, because if you give up on them, you’d be giving up on your children’s future behavior.


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