Discipline is something that every parent has to deal with at some point with their child, whether they are a screaming toddler or an angry teen.
Although it can be hard to control tempers, the bottom line is that shouting and physical violence do not work, and do more harm than good in the long run.
Thankfully, there are a number of more effective discipline methods to select from, which can help to introduce limits and consequences, whilst validating the feelings of your child and building a positive relationship with them.
Determining which alternative discipline method is right for your family is dependent on many aspects, including your temperament, and the temperament of your child.
If you are looking to learn more about different types of discipline, or think your child would benefit from children’s counselling in Newcastle, this blog may be of use to you.
Based on praise and encouragement, positive discipline uses a constructive yet authoritative approach to addressing behaviour issues.
Instead of focusing on punishment, parents make discipline about teaching problem solving skills to their children, which allows them to develop solutions for themselves.
Boundary-based discipline focuses on making the clear upfront rules and setting limits for children. Choices are then given to the child, with clear logical or natural consequences provided for misbehaviour.
This discipline method focuses on the prevention of behaviour problems, with redirection used to direct children away from misbehaviour.
Although children are given consequences, gentle discipline includes the use of humour and distraction – allowing parents to manage their own emotions while addressing misbehaviour.
Emotion coaching focuses on teaching children about feelings. Kids are taught that their feelings are valid, with parents helping to teach them appropriate ways to deal with their emotions, rather than acting on them.
This approach focuses on positive and negative consequences, with good behaviour reinforced with praise or rewards. Misbehaviour is also discouraged through the use of negative consequences, such as the loss of privileges.
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