Many parents are wish they had a pause button for their child(ren). It seems children have a mind of their own and the older they get, the harder parenting becomes. While parenthood has its ups and downs, it’s also the most rewarding job in the world. With that being said, there are some ways you can make parenthood more balanced. Hopefully these discipline strategies for parents will help.
A child who has their curiosity fueled will be less likely get into trouble. Children are naturally born with a huge level of curiosity. When you raise a child in a “yes” environment where they are allowed to experience life lessons in a hands-on way, they are less apt to make bad decisions as they get older. This may not sound like a disciplinary strategy, however, it falls under this category because you’re setting your child up to be disciplined through experience versus punishment enforced by a parent.
When you give your child choices to make good decisions, they will often start to comprehend how their decision-making skills impact their day to day life. This helps to avoid the power struggle over simple decisions such as what outfit to wear, what snack to bring to school and similar small decisions that a parent can easily let go of. The number one tip I have for you when it comes to allowing your child to make choices on some tasks or decisions is that you’re okay with either choice provided to your child.
As your children get older the bad decisions that they make can become larger. Learn to ask lots of questions of your children so that you can learn how they think and what makes them make bad decisions. Ask how they felt after making a bad decision, why they made that decision. This will help ensure that you are able to curb this bad behavior in the future before it happens. Asking questions of your children along the path of childhood will also help them feel confident and secure to tell you anything.
Get on their Level
One thing I have learned over the years is that my children hear me best, when I am on their level. This is probably the most difficult aspect of parenting for me. Even when it’s not convenient, I do my best to get down to their eye-level and speak to them directly, rather than down at them. Speaking to them directly helps them know that I am indeed interested in their feelings and that I am ready to listen, calmly. When you’re calm, they will more likely to stay calm. I struggle to remain calm in the heat of the moment, yet I know when I stop and get on their level, it works.
Lastly, when it comes to discipline strategies for parents, you want to remain consistent with whatever method of consequence you enforce with your child. The one time you let go of standing firm with the consequence is the one-time your child realized that they can push buttons more often than not. No matter how upset your child is, you must remain consistent with what method of discipline you have enforced and always make sure the consequence suits the crime to teach your child a true lesson.
Each of these discipline strategies is meant to help you move forward with your mission to enjoy more of childhood. Discipline is a necessary part of raising children, it helps guide them towards making better decisions the next time they’re faced with making a good or bad choice.
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