Disciplining Your Children
Managing your children’s behaviour takes hard work, persistence, dedication, a sense of perspective and a healthy sense of humour! Here are some quick tips for when you’re about to really lose your rag:
Be firm and fair in stating your expectations.
Tell your children – don’t ask them – what you expect. Of course, be polite, but don’t keep saying ‘please’ in a desperate way.
Use the words ‘I want you to . . .’ when you introduce an expectation. These words clearly state what you want your kids to do.
Use your body language and facial expression to convey that you mean what you’re saying.
Try being surprised when things go wrong rather than angry – doing so works wonders.
Distract your child if they’re having a tantrum. Pretend you find something really fascinating and get your toddler to come and have a look.
Ground an older child, or send them to their room.
Let your child know that you love them, but that you strongly dislike their behaviour.
Press your internal pause button. Step back and take a deep breath. Leave the room and go and shout in the garden. Pound a pillow or swear quietly under your breath. Come back to the situation feeling calmer.