Discipline 101

How do you discipline your children when they misbehave?

Do you spank them?

If you do, I would like for you to reconsider because there is an association between spanking and aggressive child behavior.  Of course, you can make your own decisions about how you choose to raise your children but spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming are all harmful for the child and will not change the unwanted behaviors.

I would like to challenge you to use healthier discipline options.

Here are some ideas you can implement to discipline your children:

💚Children younger than 1: try redirecting your baby. Literally pick him/her up and go to a different room. At this age they are too young to understand rules or why their behavior is not acceptable.

💙For toddlers: toddlers have a hard time remembering rules so try redirecting your child when misbehaving. They crave attention, so pay more attention to them when having good behavior and less attention when misbehaving.

💜For preschoolers, and young school-aged children: try positive ways of discipline like positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors. For example, the child gets a sticker, more attention, or a treat for good behaviors and nothing for bad behaviors.

Can also try the time-out method, which involves a child sitting quietly by him- or herself.

💛For older children and teens: try setting clear limits and expectations. Allow the natural consequence of misbehavior play out. For example, loosing privileges for doing an unwanted behavior.

What do you think? What works for you when your children are misbehaving?