2. Set rules
Have a family meeting where you lay down and explain the rules that your family needs to follow. Be consistent with how you implement the rules and what consequences your child (and the rest of your family) can expect if the rules are not followed. These do not have to be spartan rules. Allow them to be age-appropriate and explain in terms that your child can understand.
For example, when it comes to child discipline methods, you can set a rule that your child has to put away the toys at the end of the day. If this task is not done, scolding is an automatic reaction for many parents. For the creative parent, you can give positive punishments like preventing your child from playing with the toys the next day, making your child sleep early, or adding a chore for the night.
For preschoolers, a popular “punishment” is a time-out. Some parents set a specific length of time while others allow their children to stay in time-out until they are ready.
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.
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