We all know how important discipline is as a parent. Not only does it teach your child how to act in agreement with rules, but it also helps your child learn the appropriate way to get along with others. As much as we want our children to abide by the rules at all times, it is also beneficial for the child to make their mistakes so that they are aware of possible consequences for their actions. At this point, your child is at least between the ages of 6 and 12. So, it's easy to say that you have come up with your own system of discipline, but as they grow, so should your discipline techniques. By the time your child reaches school, they are aware of the meaning of rules. Here are some effective discipline strategies:
- Use language to help solve problems- make sure your child knows they are able to express themselves
verbally rather than physically, that way they can talk to you about it versus acting out and causing a scene.
- Natural Consequences- your child must understand that there are consequences, and that they can't always
get away with forgetting to clean their room without receiving a type of punishment, or it will continue to
- Logical Consequences- these types of consequences must be logical to the child. For example, if you don't
do this than you are not going to be allowed to go to your friends house.
* When trying to implement these types of consequences in your household, you must stay firm and consistent.
When you catch your child carrying out an action you have been teaching him/her, the best way to continue to encourage that act is to positively reinforce them. You can do this by rewarding them with a small toy, sticker, etc. (I recommend that you don't reward them with candy, were trying to teach our children healthy habits, right? :) The reason this is so effective is because it gives your child a goal to work toward. If your child knows they will receive a reward for acting the way you want them to, they are more likely to continue doing so. :)
For more information: http://www.slideshare.net/MeganDurbin/parental-guide-to-discipline-for-middle-childhood