When it comes to discipline, everyone seems to have an opinion. It can be frustrating â€“ not only to get all that conflicting information, but also to try, and fail, to discipline your child according to other peopleâ€™s rules.
The important thing is to find a discipline style that suits you, and your child. After all, children are individuals, and what works for one child may not work for another.
Make positive reinforcement a factor in your discipline, and praise your child for good behaviour.
Manage your own anger and frustration â€“ trying to discipline a child when youâ€™re not calm is an exercise in futility.
Find a balance between punishment and permissiveness â€“ neither you, nor your child is going to be happy if youâ€™re always punishing them.
Never let your anger spill over into physical or emotional abuse. That means no spanking, and no name-calling.
Give your child choices, and make sure that there are consequences when the rules are broken.
Make discipline, and punishment, age appropriate. If youâ€™re disciplining a child and they donâ€™t understand why, or even that what you are doing is discipline, then you are not achieving anything.
Lastly, donâ€™t bear grudges. Your child is human, and he or she will make mistakes. Once a problem has been dealt with, move on. Itâ€™ll leave you and your child feeling better.