The Dos and Don’ts of Discipline Strategies

Parents should praise good behavior whenever possible.

Parents adore the time they get to spend with their children. Fun moments build life-long memories for both adults and kids to share for years to come. Unfortunately, some of these situations are also peppered with tots acting out. Families are sometimes hesitant to enforce certain types of punishment, worrying it could have a negative effect on relationships with their tots in the future.

Parents need to know what types of discipline work and which ones don’t. Mom365 has the scoop:

Do: Ignore minor misbehaviors

Children often act in certain ways to gain the attention of adults and fellow kids around them. While it’s important for parents to pay close attention to how tots are behaving at all times, minor misconduct can be ignored for the most part. Disciplining youngsters for small misbehaviors will only encourage kids to continue that action if they want people to notice them. Disregarding the behavior, on the other hand, can effectively quell that conduct from eliciting a response in the future, according to Everyday Health.

“Don’t tell children no if the answer could be yes.”

Don’t: Change your mind

It’s common for parents to give their kids a warning when children are partaking in behavior that is not acceptable. Some tots will listen and others will not. What’s important, however, is for adults to stand firm in these announcements. If families have developed a one-strike policy, then failing to stick to that process will give youngsters more reason to act out. Children are always trying to change their parent’s minds, especially when it comes to discipline. Adults shouldn’t say no if there’s a possibility the answer is yes, according to Kidspot. Never impose a limit if you can’t stick to it.

Little girl looking sad and feeling left out from the family in the background.
Minor misconduct can be ignored for the most part

Do: Praise good behavior

Kids are kids, and they’re going to act up every once and a while. When children display good behavior, however, it’s the parent’s responsibility to praise them for it. Being descriptive and enthusiastic about exceptional conduct will make youngsters proud and will encourage them to continue acting the same way. Even a simple verbal reward can work wonders in informing children’s future behaviors. They will want to impress adults and show parents how good they can really be. Positive reinforcement only inspires further excellent conduct.

Don’t: Blow up

It can be frustrating for parents to deal with kids who are misbehaving. The warnings and discipline strategies they use may not be working as well as they would hope – or not at all. Adults may feel like they’re losing their minds, causing them to lose their tempers. Yet, older family members should do everything in their power to avoid blowing up, as it gives kids an example of poor behavior right in front of their eyes. Instead, adults should feel free to take a timeout themselves, according to Parenting. It’s a chance for parents to catch their breath and return to the stressful situation in a calm and collected manner.

Disciplining their children can be a difficult task for adults since many don’t want to come across too harsh or too lenient. It’s important for parents to follow specific dos and don’ts when it comes to correcting their children’s behavior. The wrong action can lead to continued acting out and increasingly poor conduct.