Developing Self-Discipline in Our Children

The most important responsibility in the life of most adults is the raising of their children. You have so much to think of and to do that sometimes is seems as though there is no end to the tasks you have perform. Due to this, one area of concern for parents that may overlook is teaching your child proper discipline. Discipline is essential to children’s development because it fills certain of their needs. Discipline is a common source of stress for both parents and children, but effective, stress-free discipline doesn’t have to be that difficult.

1. Utilize Relationship Building Activities

A great way to build a good relationship with your child, is by showing interest in his or her day. This can be done by genuinely asking how his or her day went and then, giving your child your undivided attention. This is a way to learn what your child’s triumphs and disappointments are.

Another thing you can do is choose a day, or a time during the day, and reserve it for family time. You can have a movie or game night, eat dinner together as a unit or have theme nights. These events encourage communication and make your children feel special. They also help them feel more secure in their family.

2. Consistency over time

As most parents appreciate, discipline is most effective when governed by clear and realistic expectations and when consequences follow consistently. But achieving this kind of practice is frequently challenge. For example, your mood or stress level on a particular day can make consistency difficult. No parent can be consistent all of the time, but if the dominant pattern is consistency associated with reasonable rules and consequences, children will become increasingly caring and responsible.

3. Praise Academic Performance

Demonstrate to your kids how much good academic performance means to you by displaying their schoolwork in a prominent location, such as the refrigerator or another spot. This sends the message that you value your children’s education, and may encourage them to strive for the positive reinforcement of seeing their work proudly displayed.

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