Sometimes we all wish that we had a remote control to stop our child’s behavior with a click of a button before things get out of control. And sometimes we wish that our kids had removable batteries in them too!
I have made a list of the good and positive discipline techniques that we know of. When the time comes for parents to react, hopefully, they will come up with an appropriate gentle response without having to think too hard. Or blowing out fuse. Maybe.
#1 Offer Choices
When you give your children choices instead of commands where they may use ‘no’ as a response, you are less likely to end up in the typical power struggle situation. This tends to avoid no for an answer as well as complete disobedience. The choices always empower the kids.
Always make sure that you are okay with both choices. Do not give your kids a choice that you cannot abide by, since this will only make you unreliable in the eyes of your kids.
#2 Create a YES Environment
Children are born with a natural curiosity, and they need the appropriate freedom to safely explore their surroundings to discover what the whole world is all about. It’s not a good thing to inhibit this natural curiosity by continuously rebuking your child for touching things around the house.
With younger kids, childproofing — for example – placing all dangerous or breakable items out of reach — reduces the stress for both parents and kids. It’s beneficial that your child won’t have to hear “no” all the time, and you will have more peace of mind knowing.
#3 Teach Emotions
Teaching your kids to express their emotions is never too early. A simple emotions chart can be great for younger children. Even you can create your own emotions chart by taking pictures of your child’s emotional faces.
#4 Ignore Bad Behavior
You’ve got to pick and choose your battles. As a high school teacher who deals with teenagers, my mom says she often pretends not to hear or see certain bad behaviors of them. While ignoring is not one of the positive discipline techniques to use too often, but it works amazingly well for minor problems.
#5 Be Consistent
Kindly make sure that you are consistent in your discipline. Your child must need to know what is acceptable and what is not. And they make a judgment that by what was and wasn’t okay yesterday and the day before.
If they’re not getting a consistent message from you, then they do not know how to behave. That thing can leave your child feeling confused and insecure.
In the end, nobody’s perfect, but we can all try to be better. It doesn’t matter that we always have the perfect response to every situation. By becoming aware of more and more of these positive discipline techniques, we can significantly improve our chances of responding appropriately.