3. Have a discussion
As noted above, you want to discipline your child so that she or he will learn a specific lesson. Learning is always a two-way street though. Be prepared to listen to your child’s side and explore possible solutions to a problem. This child discipline method may be hard if your child is very young, but use simple, concrete sentences and never interrupt your child when she or he is talking.
Having a discussion will also allow you to focus your attention on your child. This will have several positive effects, one of which is that your child will get the attention she or he craves.
4. Monitor your child’s behavior patterns
If your child exhibits certain misbehavior patterns, then you need to find the root of the issue. This will also allow you to plan for events that may spell trouble like family gatherings.
By monitoring your child, you also learn when you need to redirect bad behavior. Your child naturally has a lot of energy, and bad behavior can sometimes be a result of boredom. By diverting the energy toward something positive like a game or a chore, then you will be teaching your child several lessons.
Redirection can also give your child a choice of two activities. Letting you make a decision can be exciting for a preschooler.
But you also need to know when to ignore misbehavior. For example, if your child keeps breaking toys then you can say that one day she or he will not have toys to play with anymore. If your child continues the behavior then you can let natural consequences happen.