One of the most important characteristics of teaching children is to show respect for their views and to let them have some say in their choices that surround them. Many parents take the word “discipline” to mean punishment. Discipline doesn’t have to hurt. As parents, if we can see the word discipline to mean teaching instead of punishment we can help teach our children to become better human beings.
Here are some tips to teach children to respect.
Love – Children need lots of love and approval.
Communicate – Take time to listen and consider their point of view.
Set Clear Limits – Telling children in advance what is expected and what the rules are helps prevent conflicts before they happen.
Be Consistent – This is the key to effective consequences. Don’t say you will do something unless you are prepared to carry it through.
Check Yourself – If you are angry or frustrated take a time out for yourself. Take a deep breath, count to ten and calm down. Once you are in a calm state of mind then address the situation.
Parenting is one of the best and most rewarding jobs in the world. It is also a tough, 24-hours a day job. The most important key to successful parenting is knowledge, knowing what your children need, knowing how to deal with them in different situations, and knowing how to take care of their needs.
Learning more about parenting and child development can make a world of difference. To learn more check out Skills to Build a Secure Child workshop series.