One of the challenges of running a childcare centre in South Perth or any Perth suburb is that all children eventually act up or act out. Since all parents have their own viewpoints on discipline, it is our challenge to make sure your child is in a safe environment where other kids won’t act up or act out in ways that are dangerous to your child.
What is Discipline?
Discipline is often confused with punishment, but it is much more complicated. Discipline is teaching your child what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Discipline strategies are actually positive; they are about guiding, listening and talking to your child.
A good program of discipline teaches your child what kind of behaviours are acceptable in all areas of their young life, including home, a friend’s house or a childcare centre. Discipline teaches a child how to manage his or her own behaviour and develop social skills like cooperating with others. They also need to learn appropriate ways to express, understand and manage their feelings.
Approaches to Discipline
Discipline should be firm, but it should always be fair. It is difficult for many parents to find the right balance of discipline. If you don’t provide enough discipline, you will feel like you don’t have control and your child may not think you care enough to provide structure. But if you discipline them too much with harsh words and too much structure, they can develop problems with self-esteem and anxiety down the road.
Ultimately, you will want to use an approach that changes as your child gets older.
Babies don’t have a concept of right or wrong. They are just testing and expanding their world. Gently correcting the behaviour and saying “no” is really the only thing you can do to teach him or her what is acceptable. Toddlers are beginning to get some self awareness. As they reach preschool age, they want to explore their world and have more control over their surroundings.
There are more recommendations on how to discipline children than we could possibly cover here. But the main thing to remember is that positive methods will get positive results.
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