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10 Tips On How To Discipline Kids


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Raising a disciplined child is desirable for most parents. But it can be quite challenging. Here are 10 proven ways on how to discipline your child.

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10 Tips On How To Discipline Kids

  1. 1. 10 Tips On How To Discipline Kids
  2. 2. What is Child discipline ?
  3. 3. Intro ● Wikipedia defines Child Discipline as “the methods used to prevent future behavioural problems in children”. ● Some parents view discipline as a negative word which has very strict connotations. ● While for others it is an essential aspect of child development and upbringing. ● Because of the differences in customs, educational levels, belief systems and moral values, each culture evolves its own methods and strategies with regards to child discipline.
  4. 4. Child Discipline from an Indian Parents’ Perspective
  5. 5. What Indian parents mean by Child Discipline? A disciplined child is one who: ● Listens to Parents/Elders of the Family on most occasions ● Displays ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Maturity’ in places like Home, Classroom and on Social Occasions ● Shows Time Sense and Punctuality ● Avoids Bad Habits.
  6. 6. Why Indian parents stress on Child Discipline? The reasons can be classified as: 1. For a Disciplined Child chances of success in his career increases. 2. For the Child’s own Safety. 3. Will enhance his/her own reputation and that of the Family in the society. 4. Disciplined Child will be easier to Manage in the house.
  7. 7. 10 Tips on How to Raise a Disciplined Child
  8. 8. Tip 1: Start Disciplining your Child from an Early Age ● Being disciplined is not a destination. It is a journey. ● Therefore, parents should start focusing on inculcating discipline from a young age. ● Earlier the child gets into the cycle of discipline, the easier it will be to sustain it for the entire lifetime.
  9. 9. Tip 2: Set daily Routines for effective habit formation ● A good routine set minimizes the chances of unforeseen behavioural issues. ● Set a routine for daily activities of your child that includes: 1. Waking up Time 2. Brushing Teeth and Shower/Bath 3. Eating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 4. Going to Play School or School 5. Play-Time 6. Bed-Time
  10. 10. Tip 3: Lead by Example with your Own Behaviour ● Children learn from their environment and by imitating the behaviour of their primary caretakers. ● If you are relying on forcing your child to be disciplined when you yourself are not, it is not likely to have a lasting impact.
  11. 11. Tip 4: Be One Step ahead of your child and Anticipate its Bad Behaviour! ● Each child is different. But every child will exhibit certain patterns when it comes to bad behaviour. ● By observing and understanding the likely trigger points will help you anticipate. ● And once you anticipate you can prepare yourself and your child for it.
  12. 12. Tip 5: Communication with your Child is Essential ● Your behavioural expectations need to be clearly communicated to your child. ● But communication should not be long-drawn negotiation. ● Be crisp and clear as to your expectations and the reasons behind the same. ● Do not negotiate with your child when it comes to your behavioural expectations.
  13. 13. Tip 6: Consistency of your expectations is Key to Sustained Good Behaviour ● Be consistent in your expectation and insist on it every single day. ● Consistency is key to habit formation. ● The main purpose of teaching discipline to your kid is lost if you are inconsistent in setting your expectations. ● Admonishing the child sometimes while ignoring other times for the same misbehaviour does not help.
  14. 14. Tip 7: Your Parenting Style is Important Too! Authoritative parenting style: leads to good social, emotional and cognitive outcomes in the child in the long-term. Authoritarian parenting style: does induce discipline in children, it may do so with certain negative consequences. Indulgent and Permissive parenting styles: are not conducive to raising a disciplined child.
  15. 15. Tip 8: Positive Discipline ● Positive Reinforcement (encouraging and motivating) gives better results than Negative Reinforcement. ● Even after a bad episode of indiscipline, never forget to remind your child that you love her. ● It will make the child secure and reduce instances of unacceptable behaviour in the future.
  16. 16. Tip 9:How You react to Unacceptable Behaviour is Important ● Do not react emotionally or in an extreme Manner. Scolding the child amidst other people will hurt his/her fragile ego. ● Parents ignore bad behaviour to avoid confrontation. This is not a good idea ● No shortcuts, please! ● Redirect the Child’s attention towards other things once the episode of indiscipline is over.
  17. 17. Tip 10: Child should know that it’s Bad Behaviour will have Consequences ● Children should realize that their incidence of indiscipline will make their parents to take some measures. ● Nature of the measures to deal with child’s misbehaviour matters a lot. ● Physical punishments should be avoided. ● Parents should explore options such as ‘Time-Out’. ● Time-out is removing the child from where the incident of bad behaviour occurred.
  18. 18. Final point ● The aim of discipline should be to encourage your child to stop negative behaviours, make positive choices and ultimately become a better person. ● Read more about on how to raise a disciplined child here.
  19. 19. “If you are tempted to “teach” your child by guilt, shame, or punishment, you will be creating discouraging beliefs that are difficult to reverse in adulthood.” ― Jane Nelsen, Positive Discipline
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