Using ‘Time Out’ as a Punishment

Today’s parents are almost universally familiar with the concept of a “time out” as a disciplinary technique, with most finding it to be quite effective in teaching kids to learn behavioural control. Children as young as 18 months can benefit from taking a few moments of quiet reflection giving them …

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Using Warnings to Control Behaviour

We’ve all seen them – the parents who are out with their children and the kids are simply refusing to cooperate. And what are Mum and Dad doing? They are issuing warning after warning but still the children run rampant. Clearly, that pair of parents hasn’t yet figured out what …

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Promoting Good Behaviour

All parents hope to have cooperative, well behaved children, but promoting good behaviour in children takes time and effort. Kids misbehave at times – even really good kids, but teaching children to be cooperative and obedient is well worth the trouble. Little Ones Sometimes, parents refrain from disciplining young children, …

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Using Positives in Disciplining Children

Children respond well to encouragement and positive messages. Knowing this, it makes sense that the ideal way to discipline kids would be to use positive reinforcement whenever possible, resorting to punishments only as a last resort. Start Young Very young children (even babies) will repeat actions that reward them with …

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Making Household Rules

Without rules, children cannot know what is expected of them. Parents establish household rules for a number of reasons – to assure the safety of family members, to help things run smoothly, and to teach their children how to behave in ways that are beneficial to their overall development. Establishing …

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Children and Self-Discipline

The ultimate goal of disciplining children is to teach them about proper behaviour so that they will come to the point where they will monitor their own behaviour and make sound choices. Parents who empower their children with the skills to control themselves will raise kids who are able to …

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Logical Consequences to Teach Children Respect

Children learn appropriate behaviour very effectively once they experience the negative consequences of poor choices. Sometimes, though, the consequences negatively affect others and not the child directly so the lessons are not as immediate or clear. To help teach children learn respect, parents can implement logical consequences as a means …

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When Friends Begin to Bully

Children’s friendships often go through stages of closeness and distance, agreement and disagreement, flattering and teasing. For many parents simply letting these stages cycle seems a natural way to deal with them. But when negative behaviour from either friend descends into bullying parents must act. Recognising signs of bullying, speaking …

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Eliminating Your Child’s Temptations

Teaching your children good behaviour is all about showing them how to resist temptation, whether it’s to steal another biscuit, draw on the wall or squeeze out all the toothpaste just for fun. For parents it can be a lot easier, and head off a lot of unnecessary trouble and …

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Experiencing Negative Consequences of a Decision

It is usually tempting to step in and save your child from making a mistake, but sometimes children need to learn on their own why taking a particular decision isn’t the best option. Allowing a child to take a bad decision and experience the negative consequences which result can be …

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