Positive discipline can help your child learn/grow

Positive discipline can help your child learn/grow
Posted on 01/03/2020

The first thing many people think of when they hear the word discipline is punishment. But discipline actually means to teach. And it’s most effective when it’s delivered in a positive, calm and loving way.

When disciplining, focus on your:

  • Words. Tell your child exactly what you expect. For example, “It’s time to do your homework,” is better than, “Aren’t you supposed to be doing your homework?”
  • Tone of voice. It’s important not to sound too stern or too unsure. Try to find a happy medium, a tone that says, “I’m confident you will do as I say.”
  • Facial expression. A calm look will encourage your child to cooperate. You don’t need to look angry or upset.
  • Body language. If possible, face your child and look her in the eye. Avoid intimidating gestures such as shaking a finger or putting your hands on your hips.

Reprinted with permission from the February 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc

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