How best to discipline children is the subject of much debate. Unfortunately, too much emphasis is often put on punishment rather than encouragement.
Yet, discipline doesn’t mean punishment. On the contrary, you’ll have more success by praising your child for her good behaviour than punishing her for actions you don’t like.
What can I do?
- Stay calm. Don’t engage in a dispute with your child. Keep in mind that your role is to help your child learn to behave well.
- Praise your child when she shows good behaviour.
- Set a consequence that’s adapted to her age and the situation.
- Examine how you make your requests to your child.
Your requests should:
- Be clear and specific
- Describe the expected behaviour
- Be worded in an assertive way
- Be made with a time limit
Easy to say but not always easy to do? A little help could be useful?
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MSSS (2009). Les services intégrés en périnatalité et petite enfance. Favoriser le développement des enfants âgés de 1 à 5 ans. Guide d’intervention pour soutenir les pratiques parentales.