Even with the best-behaved children, parenthood requires a large amount of focus and effort. Between keeping children safe and healthy, arranging their leisure activities, helping them succeed in school, and an almost endless number of other responsibilities, children demand a lot of attention. Imagine, on top of those responsibilities, having a child who is exhibiting negative behaviors.
Disciplining a child can be a stressful experience. However, if it is handled with a positive instead of a punitive attitude, it can become an easier task. Children should also be treated with respect. Although it can sometimes seem like a child is behaving irrationally, there may be a rational motivation for the behavior.
Children love being praised! Remember to give your children credit for improvements in their behavior; even small ones. If your child does not like to share, and you see him or her sharing, you might say, “You did a great job sharing your toys today! Can you keep doing that?” Children can be positively affected by praise, and will be more likely to remember to keep up the good behavior. Positive feelings stick!
To read more about positive discipline, we suggest reading “Positive Discipline” by Lisa Kelly: http://www.pactadopt.org/app/servlet/documentapp.DisplayDocument?DocID=218