Discipline

Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 1:

Discipline

Parents often do not real­ize that their dis­ci­pline style con­veys their atti­tude about their child’s abil­ity to accept respon­si­bil­ity. There should be a rea­son­able con­se­quence when a child is dis­obe­di­ent or does not fol­low through with agreed upon expec­ta­tions. A par­ent could be lenient or per­mis­sive, that is their par­ent­ing style and choice. Leniency does not imply for­go­ing con­se­quences. If you want your child to believe that their behav­ior impacts their lives then you will be con­sis­tent about apply­ing those con­se­quences. This directly impacts respon­si­bil­ity. You don’t have to imple­ment a con­se­quence imme­di­ately. Sometimes a proper choice takes time to emerge. Telling your child that there will be a con­se­quence when you have made a deci­sion shows you are react­ing mind­fully and keep­ing them in sus­pense can be very effec­tive as well. “Children need a clear def­i­n­i­tion of accept­able and unac­cept­able con­duct. They feel more secure when they know the bor­ders of per­mis­si­ble action.”- Dr. Hiam Ginott

 

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