“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” -Roy L. Smith
- Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to discipline. Children and even adults respond better to consistent and fair consequences. Establish clear rules and consequences and follow through with them every time.
- Use positive reinforcement: Reinforcing good behavior with positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for shaping behavior. When a child does something well, reward them with praise, attention, or a privilege.
- Focus on the behavior, not the person: When disciplining, it is important to focus on the behavior and not the person. Instead of saying “You’re being bad,” say “That behavior is not acceptable.”
- Stay calm: When disciplining, it is important to remain calm and not get emotionally involved. Children are more likely to respond positively to a calm and rational approach.
- Lead by example: Children learn by example, so it is important to lead by the behavior you expect from them. If you want your children to be honest and respectful, be honest and respectful yourself. If you want them to be responsible, take responsibility for your own actions.