At the mention of the word discipline, most people imagine physical punishment. This is especially for those of us who grew up in very strict households where any slight deviance from what was considered right resulted in a thorough beating, nowadays referred to as ‘ass-whooping.’
In truth, however, discipline means correcting what is wrong as well as encouraging what is right. It may be a hard thing for many parents, especially considering that many of them just want to pamper their little bundles of joy all the way to adulthood. Discipline, however, is a necessary concept to produce morally upright children that know what is right and what is not.
This stage of growth is characterized by learning and acquiring of new skills. The toddler can quickly pick up good habits as well as the bad ones. There is also a lot of mix-up and frustration as they discover new feelings and emotions, which is why they may result in difficult behavior like biting, tantrums and even open defiance. Strategies to discipline them include:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DISCIPLINE
Every child is different. Some learn easily and barely repeat mistakes, and others are just strong-willed and determined to be involved in certain things. For the latter, it is advisable to let them know what you feel. Also, try to see things from their perspective and understand that they are just trying to get some control over their world.
To positively instill discipline in your children, teach them your values even from a very young age. Let them know what you like and what you don’t. Don’t forget to be a role model; they are very keen on fairness which is why it all goes to deaf ears if you say one thing and o another.
In conclusion, every child is different, and you will need to understand them well before deciding on which discipline strategy to use. Whatever you choose, be sure it is proper and fair.
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