What Is Discipline?
The word “discipline” generally conveys visions of smacking children’s bottoms, shouting, grounding, and other forms of punishment. But the word has a more positive meaning.
At the heart of the process, discipline aims to achieve the following goals:
- Protect children from possible or imminent danger
- Instill self-control and self-discipline in children
- Help children learn how to be responsible for their actions
- Help children cultivate values
So how should parents discipline their child? Effective child discipline methods and strategies set limits while teaching children how to control their words, actions, and behavior. But finding out what is effective for your child must take into account your temperament as a parent, your child’s temperament, and your family’s philosophy on child discipline.
This means that what works for one child may not work for another. So, it is even more important that you learn multiple strategies to adjust your child discipline methods.
Child Discipline Methods
1. Show and tell. Several theories on child development state that children learn by watching and imitating adults. It is a more efficient way for children to acquire knowledge, behaviors, skills, and traditions from previous generations. It is also a faster and safer method than when done through independent study.
So, purposefully model behavior that you want your child to imitate. If you want your child to be calm, then be calm under pressure. If you want your child to learn how to share, share something with a fellow adult and point out that “Mommy is sharing food.”