As a childcare centre director in the Wellard area, I have seen a lot of approaches to child discipline. Some work and some don’t. Over the years, I have observed that positive strategies tend to work much better than punishment. Here are some examples.
While many see discipline as punishment, discipline is actually teaching a child how to behave, how not to behave and to develop positive habits. This invariably works better when the parent has a loving, positive relationship with the child.
While punishment is occasionally necessary, the best strategies usually involve talking, listening and guiding your child. It is important to teach children what kind of behavior is appropriate, whether they are at home, at school or in any public place. It is also important to teach them how to get along with other children and with adults. These skills are extremely important for success in life.
Ultimately, it is important to teach children how to understand their feelings so that they can better express them and manage them.
Finding the Right Balance
It can be difficult to find the right balance for instilling discipline in your child. If you correct them too much, it makes them angry and makes them feel like they are being picked on. If you don’t correct them enough, they tend to go their own way without the benefit of a fully developed moral compass or a sense of what is right and wrong.
The best methods for discipline are firm but fair. While it is important to set limits and consequences for child behaviour, it is also important to use strategies such as reward and praise to encourage good behaviour.
We believe that you should avoid physical punishment whenever possible. It has been proven that physical punishment does mortal harm a child’s self-esteem than it does to actually correct bad behavior. Harsh physical punishment usually results in depression, anxiety and even worse behaviour.
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