Parenting is a hard job- especially when it comes to disciplining your child. Discipline should be something parents do as a way to teach children right from wrong and to give them appropriate boundaries. This week we are giving you some tips that can help with this challenging part of parenting.
- Let your child know what to expect. Being open about your expectations will give them a better chance at following the rules.
- Redirect your child and reinforce positive behavior. Helping a child see in the moment good choices from bad choices will connect in their heads what they should be doing instead of focusing on all they shouldn't be doing.
- Have positive expectations. This can set all of you up for success.
- Give a warning. This gives them a chance to turn it around.
- Stay simple. "Less is more". Make sure your expectations are easy to understand and age appropriate.
- Be clear and use language the child can understand. Be emphatic so there are no miscommunications.
- Say "As soon as (you are ready)". This will reinforce that THEY have a choice to make good decisions.
- Make sure you reinforce your love even when they make bad choices. They need to know you love them regardless!
- Use humor when appropriate to lighten the mood.
Hope some of these techniques will help you become a better parent. Keep reading all week for more positive discipline tips!
Adapted from Sierra Tucson youth information.
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.