Advice on firm discipline

Advice on firm discipline

The secret of discipline is to be unwavering. Discipline will teach your children what your reaction will be to their behavior, and they must know that if they cooperate at home, washing dishes or clearing the table, they can watch television, or to the contrary, not. At times it is understandable that you feel tired after work or your daily chores, but the house rules must never change. If something is not allowed, no matter how much they cry, it will still not be allowed. You can't give in to their wanting to do or not to do something. Try these tips: Set priorities; you won't be able to solve all your child's problems at once so you need to set priorities and solve one or two at a time. Patience and more patience, the time it takes to change your child's bad habit is about three weeks; your child's behavior will change but not as quickly as you would like. Reminders: It may sound silly but it actually works to leave little notes around the house, on the fridge or on the bathroom mirror, reminding yourself not to give in to his pleadings. Choose the moment: emergency therapy before a trip, or a party, or year-end vacation won't work. Choose a time when everyone is more relaxed and the routine is more stable and predictable. Don't be frustrated by resistance: no matter how consistent your child is, he will always try defiance; he might obey from the outset but he will always go back to his usual behavior. Teamwork is better: don't try to be the only one to try to change your child's behavior; get help from everyone at home and from those family members who visit most often and even the school teachers can lend a hand. Controlled permissiveness: we already discussed that giving in and not insisting on complying with the house rules can be confusing and damaging for the future, but intentionally giving in could fortify the house rule.



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