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You can scribble it on a piece of paper, a journal, on your blog, your facebook update or in the comments section below — the actual medium does not matter. For the rest of the week, catch yourself when you start to dole out punishment and question if that will really help in the long run. Ask yourself, if you are not around to keep an eye on them, and they are sure that you will never find out, will the punishment still keep them from wanting to repeat the incriminating act? And then, focus on at least one tip and try it out as your new discipline technique. Important Note of Caution: Expect some setbacks.

Both you are your kids are used to a certain style of discipline — when you change that and adopt positive discipline instead, your kids will push you, and you may not be well equipped to handle the new situation with your new skills. It is fine to regress for a while, as long as you acknowledge it as a regression and commit to finding a way to get back on the positive path!

Sumitha Bhandarkar is the founder of A Fine Parent. After making a bunch of mistakes and feeling perpetually like a crappy parent, one day she had the epiphany that Great Parents are Made, Not Born. She is now on a journey to become a better person, and a better parent one itty-bit at a time and warmly invites you to join her in this journey!

Hi Sumitha, I am going to really try to be conscious of this for this week. I may have to check back at the blog a few times. Same routine, day in, day out, home, vacation, no matter and it winds up being a stressful time of yelling when it should be the calmest and most serene part of the day. There is time for getting things done then there is free time for play. Things are tough in this world and we need to raise, self-assured girls with a heaping of confidence! I think the thing that resonates the most with this entry is telling her what to do as well or instead of telling her what not to do.

I have a daughter too, and this is one of my biggest priorities as well. I do however think that this applies equally to parents of little boys too…. Good luck with how the week turns out for you. Look out for those people that seem to do everything in a good mood. Maybe try to invent new ways to make it fun for your girl to actually get things done. Is it singing? It might require getting up earlier, but what a difference it will make. My two cents. I really love this blog. Every sentence has helped me with interacting with my strong-willed, energetic daughter.

You are a blessing to my life. Thank you. I am glad that I can share some of it here and that committed parents like you will not only try it out, but are kind enough to stop by with such wonderful encouragement! I am grateful to be a member of this club, or whatever we can call it, and really learning a lot from this. Both me and my husband are working overseas, before, we used to be together with all of our 3 kids, but when my son finished his grade 12, we sent him back to the philippines. We know how the way he is when it comes to study, even as a young boy before, he is very lazy i guess.

My husband and I have tried a lot of technique to understand him more, but it would seem that he is still the same. Most of the time, i would ask him what he wants and needs, and a lot of times he will say, he is fine and doest need any. Recently, we sent our daughters as well for an early holiday, to be with him and for us as well to know how he is. Last semester, he got 3 failed grades, while I understand, that the course is not really easy, and that the adjustment is a bit hard, i would have thought that he is now changed and will try to amend on the failed grades, but learning everything what is going on from my daughter, she thinks that he is too busy still playing computer games, he would sometimes go out of the house, and will be out for 4 hours or so and when he comes back, it would seem that he only made excuses which its pretty obvious that some are just a lie.

I guess, he doesnt want to ask those to us, maybe because if he do so, and we give in, he will run out of excuses, just in case he failed again? We are in the verge of losing our patience in him, but still trying all our might to be patient and understanding. How should we react? We have asked him how many times whether he likes his course, and he said yes, but it is really hard on how much more we can keep our temper. Are there any tips on how to deal with him? We really need all the tips we could get from you and for all the member of this club.

God bless you all. As you know, I am just another parent like you and not trained to offer advice in any way. I can however recommend you to someone who is, and has had an immense impact on the way I view parenting. Her name is Dr. Take care, and wish you the best. I am so happy to receive a quick reply from you. We are really trying to have as much patience and a better understanding on what is the best way to deal with him, as we feel that nagging and constant threatening is not working at all. I am thinking that maybe it takes a while longer for him to be mature enough?

Ill try contact Dr. Markham on this. I will recommend this blog to all my friends who, like me, need a guide on how to be a good parents. Thank you for your kind words and sharing the blog with your friends, Belinda! While I cannot offer advice, I will be here anytime you feel like talking to another parent…. We may not be able to solve each others problems, but we sure can support each other. And like Geeta below has done, we sure can offer some suggestions of a few little things to try out, and who knows, one of those suggestions might help you figure out the perfect solution for your situation!

Again, I wish you all the best. Keep doing your best to be the best parent you can be! Hi Belinda, though I too am just a learning parent and not an authority to advice- I feel your son lacks self- esteem to some extent. He is unable to focus or have an aim.

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In case, he gets into a group activity of his choice and interest which has a deadline for eg. A college project, or a music concert or a community service — where one gets an opportunity to shoulder some responsibility and able to deliver something meaningful- can increase his self esteem and make him feel important. Also he needs to interact with people who have lesser facilities and opportunities than him. In India, family get tog ethers, celebrating festivals together and community services give such opportunities to teenagers to grow gracefully as adults. Thank you so much for your wonderful suggestion, Geeta!

My hope is that some day we will have thriving community of like-minded parents here who will support each other through the ups and downs of parenting. We all face different challenges, but we all want the same thing at the bottom of our hearts — the well being of our kids. Thank you so, so much!!! What a lovely post with so many fantastic insights! Thank you for adding the time in vs. Wishing you peace and joy as you continue on your parenting journey! Thanks Ariadne! Instead I started studying myself in their presence and maintained a note book to jot down points on what I read.

Secondly, I have never told my children to study — they have on their own found out that they scored well in exams when they did do self study. But I would never speak about it while they were leaving for their exam. When results would come they would realize on their own. I would only say there is another exam coming ahead. Rising in the morning to school — this one job of wAking up children to make them be on right time to school was a giant work for me — the age difference between my two children is less than 2 years.

Initially I did the waking up by shouting after about gentle wake up calls. The morning started with bad sounds and children sulked. The getting ready to school process got longer and irritable chore. I then realized, this was not the ideal way to deal with the issue. Before I could hope that this approach may work, my children started waking up on their own. In case they fear they may oversleep, they kindly request me to wake them and rise on my first call. Bad behavior — my children are usually cheerful, full of laughter and ready to enjoy mood whereas their younger cousin my nephew has a different background — he has been an only child living with aged and sick grandparents, older parents and cancer survivor father , whereupon this nephew is shy, reserved and without Any smile or hearty laughs.

They behaved mean and bad and ridiculed him. Soon they realized that each one comes from a different background and started behaving better with him. Yes, the road to discipline is never a punishment. Hi Geeta, Those are some incredibly valuable insights and I am sure it took a lot of effort to figure those out through constant experimentation with your family!

Hi Geeta U hv shared very valuable experiences of urs. In ur experiences, I can see total reflection of my problems walking kids in the morning and make them study. I m glad to c ur experiments brought the desired results. Although it would be difficult for me initially but I shall try my level best to follow ur examples. Thank u for the wonderful insight. Thanks for all your kind words and suggestions. Honestly, sometimes we are in the verge of losing hope, but having this group whom we can share how we feel makes a lot of difference.

I will keep you all informed on what is going on. Markham as you suggested, and thank you very much it gives me a better understanding on the many ways of how to handle him and hoping and praying that eventually we will win this battle and we can find one that will really work.

Not a problem, Belinda. I have seen through the interactions on her facebook page that I am not the only one either. I will keep my fingers crossed for you as well. Seeing from your comments, I feel like you are not the kind of person who gives up, which means there is no other way but for you to come through this difficult time victorious! Wish you the very best! All excellent ideas! I have an amazing tricky 6 year old and it is very hard for my husband and I to keep our cool and not resort to punishment which really only sets him off into a frenzy that is hard to come back from.

Glad you found the article useful… And, thanks for taking the time to let me know! Hi Sumitha, I love what I am reading at your blog. I am grateful that you are putting the pricinples into everyday situation for a green horn like me. I have two boys age 2. I face sibling fighting and rivalry or just general naughtiness everyday. I am trying to change and improve myself. Thanks for your kind words, Carey. They have to realize, and its a life lesson, that when you do something anything there are consequences for it, some good and some bad.

I always emphasized this with my children, and yes, they survived my medieval ways according to modern day child rearing habits. I was even to the point of saying and they were very young , ok…. It taught them to think further ahead than what their actions were at the moment. My children grew up with that attitude and even in their adult years, their natural inclination is to think something through and figure out what the cost will be.

THATS a life lesson. And yes, my children were spanked when needed. Joanie, We all make our choices based on whatever information we have at the point as we raise out kids. I get it. Hitting and spanking are two different things. No regular parent who loves their child is just going to haul off and hit their child for misbehaving.

Perhaps if you were a child abuser. The bible says spare the rod spoil the child. I was a pretty good kid growing up, but on occasion I needed to be whooped. But it taught me to respect my parent and that they meant it when they told me to do something lol. Today, I am a very respectful, hard working, considerate, self controlled person. Sumitha, Great article! I stumbled upon this blog through a link on Facebook and was glad I did, you have lots of helpful stuff on here. My only comment is just that as I clicked through your blog I realized that all the children and pictures of families at least that I saw are all white.

This is something that I have been cognizant of as I see ads, browse websites, even clipart and emojis are mostly white people.

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Thanks for all you are doing. About the pictures — You make a good point. Just a guess…. Hi Sumitha, really found that article useful. Great work and well written! Thanks for your kind words and for asking, Kirsteen! I love your article , and it is a fact that new parents are learning at the same time , of how to raise a child, perhaps differently of himself was raised. Perhaps call it the copying effect. Here is my example … I came from a fairly strict household, born in , and my father worked very hard to build us our own home. Back then, a spanking was the sure fix, but when I got mine, I felt really not deserving of the harshness of it, and hate does build up in the heart, when accusations from siblings are embellished , and it all comes down on you… Nevertheless , forgiveness was always there, and thinking.

Thinking back , and even as a child, I swore to myself that I would not be as harsh as my father was, when it came to discipline , for I know I would not want my children to feel unjustified of any of it, like I was… Anyway, I learned , and when It came my time to be a parent , and mature, I did want a different way discipline , and bullying from siblings had allot to do with it, I knew it was the problem and set out to not let it happen in my family… But here is where things can backfire, especially when one chooses a gentler personality… In laws and relatives , not so much relatives , but the in laws, who were totally different.

One set was divorced, and mine stayed faithful, and I think that the co-operation of the parents has to be of the most VITAL part of raising a child. Lesson learned, I was more the outcast of the family, looking in on everyone else taking a part in their lives, except myself. And that is what broke up the family and why the divorce happened and I took my own life, unfortunately coming back, I never did get to be a father to my own children… So what is the lesson here?? Well I think the lesson is that the husband and wife!!!

I have not seen my children , since , and my heart aches , but let this be a lesson to other young couples… Do not let the in law parents make the decisions for you, talk honestly with eachother, trust eachother, not desert eachother…. I am so sorry to hear that, Derek.

I hope you will be reconciled with your children soon and will find a way to teach your gentle discipline approach with them. Good luck. Teaching out kids to be disciplined people, and letting natural consequences take place whenever possible, is a very loving act. Any walk of life takes discipline if there is going to be success. I want my kids to succeed! Thanks for the great article. Ouch, sorry it is a rough time for you Rosie. We have been there and we are no longer there, and I can tell you from experience that this too shall pass.

I wanted to mention that first, because just remembering that simple thing will sometimes help you get through it more calmly. Instead of focusing on getting her clothes on, shift the focus to getting out the door at a certain time. You can say we need to be out of the house at and to make it more tangible for your child you can set an alarm on the phone or the oven timer etc. I set the timer on my phone for 10 minutes before and snooze it when it rings the first time.

The idea is to get out of the house by 2nd alarm and after the 1st alarm, we have 10 minutes. If you are not ready, make the next 10 minutes a fun game to try and beat the clock. Scoop your child up and giggle as you rush through and what not. Everyday you make it out on time, have a tangible reward…. When you get into the habit, you can drop all these other things, but the habit will still stick. If not see if you can make some time for it… it is a really good book. Any Habit. Hi Rosie, I, like you, have been encouraging my daughter to make decisions throughout her life so she is then responsible for the decisions she makes.

She can then blame nobody else. However, I see that the main aim for me, as a parent, is to make sure that the choices my child has to choose from are choices that I am happy for her to make while she is learning how to distinguish between correct or smart choices: ie. I would present her with options that I had already selected for her to choose from. She then had the opportunity to select from the options I presented to her.

My daughter is now 12 years old and I allow her to select her own clothes from her wardrobe. She is very comfortable in doing that and is confident in her choices. I think she has very good taste in what she wears which gives me confidence in her. If I feel she has made an error in judgment, which happens occasionally, I feel that I can explain to her that the choice is inappropriate for the occasion and she is happy, usually, to re-select her outfit based on the new information.


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I do not assume that as she grows older she is not going to be influenced by friends and social pressure, I know she will be, and has been, particularly as she is going through the pressure of her first year in high school! BUT I do believe that as she is learning the responsibility of making her own decisions and experiencing the consequences, I will be there to help her continue to learn and understand how important it is to be true to herself.

Allowing my child to make her own choices means that she gets to choose from a selection of options that I have already censored, until I feel she is ready to be able to distinguish between what constitutes a good option for her from one that is not. I know that one day I am not going to be able to be there for my daughter and she will have to be able to make important decisions for herself. I feel that my job as a mother is to try and show my daughter the way, give her the basics and let her develop her own unique ways of achieving the outcomes. I am very heartened to have found this site and am looking forward to reading about how other parents are dealing with issues of high school as this is very new to me and I feel as though I am living with a different child, at times.

I feel that technology is the biggest problem that I am faced with currently. It feels as though I am having to reign in a runaway horse, …. Such good points you bring up, Heather! Thank you! I hope I can be as confident about my daughter and the choices she will be making when she is in high school. I love your article. Im writing in hopes that you can help me.

I am needing to clarify my thesis. My current step in the semester is competing an outline and this is where I;m realizing im not sure what my topic sentences will be. I am passionate about the topic and so that is why i want to write about it. Any help would be appreciated. Hi, Jason. Thanks for reaching out. Do you want to email the details to me at sumitha afineparent.

I am grateful to have found your website as we have been dealing with some stepped up tantrums lately from our 4 year old daughter. My question is regarding giving choices. Often when my girl is frustrated, she will just refuse to choose and then lose it even worse when we make the choice for her. One trick I have used is to make the clothes fight each other for her to choose them when getting dressed in the morning.

Thank you so much for sharing. We used to have a similar issue with breakfast. And would get more agitated when I made the choice for her. One day in a huff, I sat her down and we made a list going from Mon to Sun and a breakfast option written next to it. Over the next few days, there was some push back and resistance. Things were tweaked and moved around a little. At some point though it was silently agreed upon. I hope you find your solution soon. Good luck! I actually read that idea in a book but not a parenting book…it was a fictional novel about an alcoholic mother…the name is escaping me right now.

Take the ideas wherever you can get them right?! I feel like things are getting better since I found this site so thank you so much! It just helps to have a plan!! And I love getting the emails every few days. Oh, they are so literal. Great idea, though, and glad it worked for you! I love the article and all ten hints, my favorite part was about treating mistakes as learning opportunities. These are excellent suggestions for interacting with children. So glad you liked it, Maria. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

Treating mistakes as one of the learning opportunities is one of my favorites too, but one that I struggle with a lot. I would probably start by spending some one-on-one time with the child each day doing something that he likes to give him some positive attention and see if that helps. Thanks for all the ideas. This website will be soo helpful! I am just past it with bedtime though. No matter what we do.. I dread night time because of it.

We have 2 girls.. I am at my wits end.. Their listening skills are getting worse during the day too because they are so tired from the night.. For us, routines were what helped. I would then finish some of the chores and go back to her room, sleep with her for another 10 more minutes. Repeat it as many times as necessary, trying to stay firm but without losing patience in as much of a calm manner as possible.

No more talking. Try to go to sleep. I promise I will come check on you in 10 minutes. I love you. Try different things — bed time story, singing for them, letting them earn rewards for smooth bedtime, a race to see which child can lay still and stay quiet the longest and the winner gets to choose the breakfast next morning etc. I took photos of Amelia doing heaps of different potential bed time steps in an idea to do a chart that she ticks off….

I just never got around to printing them and doing it! I think I better go do it!! And with 2 in that age range it must be particularly challenging for you and your husband. Hang in there. Hey Sumitha, Good to know that there are parents who go through similar challenges with their 5 or 6 year olds.

What does one do if their 6 yr old daughter is cranky all the time, shouts on people at home, hits or claws the nanny, disobeys or misbehaves all the time but is a well behaved girl out of the house? Will this aggressive nature get carried over to the the outside world as well over a period of time? Is there a need to consult a psychologist in terms of getting any medication for any vitamin deficiency leading to bouts of anger?

Pls advise. Hi, Chetna! Sorry to hear about the challenging situation you find yourself in! Sometime back my daughter used to be very cranky when I picked her up from school. I had not heard any complaints from her teacher… so she was doing well in school. I tried several things, but none seemed to work at first.


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Finally here is what clicked…. I chose cards because she is good at it and likes it and I like it too, so it is sustainable without me getting all cranky ; Something about this routine calmed her frayed nerves and she was mostly a happy girl the rest of the evening. After a while, the crankiness while picking her up started reduced, and she would happily jabber about something or the other she did in school when I picked her up. Over a period of time, this routine dropped, but her improved mood stuck.

When she seems off these days, I still gently steer her towards a game of cards or whatever game is popular at the moment and it usually works. This exact routine will likely not work in your case, but I would highly recommend finding a way to connect with your daughter and help her ground herself during the first minutes after coming back home from outside. Once whatever it is that is bottled up is released in a more acceptable manner, I think the need to discharge it using angry outbursts will reduce. Thanks for your quick response Sumitha. Your advice really seems good. She finds herself around her grandmom and nanny everyday when she comes back from school.

I can relate to your point that she might be piling up her feelings inside trying to be good to the outside world coz even she is a very strong willed and wants to be heard more rather than listen to others. So maybe she finds herself in a spot where she is unable to share or strike a sensible conversation and vents it out in the form of angry outbursts. Maybe the cons of being a working mom. But your advise really helps. I will find out some better way to connect with her positively. Thanks again. Thanks, Chetna! I have four children aged 2, 5, 7 and 8 and I am trying hard to keep calm and raise them the right way but the last two years I am also battling with my mental diagnosed illness altogether.

Sorry to hear that you are going through a rough season in life, Adele. I hope things fall in place for you soon. My best wishes are with you. Thank you for this mini-course. Thank you for understanding and knowing the difficulties. Thank you for voicing it and making me feel like less of a failure. The saddest part for me and my daughter is that I can consciously see her confidence break and I still find it close to impossible to control my temper. I love her and she knows I love her, our biggest setback are her extremely poor eating habits.

She is underweight 13 kgs and has a small stature 94 cms and is already 3. We have seen a lot of doctors and even a nutritionist to help improve her eating habits but to no avail. Her empty stomach leads to her anxiety and whinny, clingy demeanor. So we have a power struggle at most meal times. She does not like any fruits, vegetables, lentils or sweets. She only eats chicken, eggs, plain rice, fish and ice cream. So needless to say, for the last 3. My husband is cabin crew and so is at home 3 out of 7 nights a week.

Everything had been left up to me and I broke when I was suffering from PPD and my poor baby girl has received the brunt of my terrible parenting skills. All the above are excuses I know, I just want to thank you for allowing me a place to talk about my weakness without being judged. And that cooperation helps bring out the best in us, the parents.

Which in turn makes them want to cooperate more. And it a wonderful virtuous loop. I wish you the very best in breaking out of power struggles and finding workable solutions for your daughters eating habits.

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Take care! Loved your article. I have been trying your advise but my 6 year old son is a real challenge. He is adorable,funny and smart but he loves to annoy. He will annoy his older brother, his friends, cousins by taking something, being noisy or ruining a game or snatching and he occasionally hits or pushes as well if he doesnt get his way. Which means he can be in time out or quiet time several times a day. I explain to him that his behavior is not appropriate and his friends will not want to play with him.

He agrees and says he is sorry but then repeats his behaviour. What should I do?? How can I get him to behave appropriately and play without being annoying? It is like you are describing my 4 year old. Nothing works. Love, motivation, time outs, beating are all useless. And, to top that, I am a broken parent myself as I do not know how to control my temper possibly, I have my own mental health issues.

This makes up for a really terrible experience for my child and me, and the rest of our family. I love being a mother, but I feel like I am sinning and dying a slow death from being one. I am at my wits end. Praying fervently for a miracle. So glad I came across this! I had a particular horrid day with my girls yesterday and when I reflected on it after they were asleep I felt awful. The girls were tired I was grumpy and in a bad mood all day. Looking forward to putting some of these things into practice x.

Oh, so sorry to hear that Marie! Happens to all of us. Not fun, but not uncommon either. Hi, I am smita, and I am very happy to get into this website. My problem is that my child is very careless. Tried so many ways of teaching her. Offering rewards so that she learns to behave herself. Explaining her the pros and cons etc,punishing, she has also faced consequences for her carelessness, but just feels sorry for that particular minute, and then makes the same mistake again.

Can someone guide me please? Lovely blog.. I am really struggling with my elder son 5. My younger 2. For younger one, I can pick him up and take to the bathroom and brush or bath but its really hard with elder one. That said, I want to give you hope. We are mostly out of that situation these days. My daughter still resists me every chance she gets she is strong willed and it is her nature , but most often things are resolved peacefully. I worked with one of our writers to put together article specifically about dealing with strong, defiant kids.

Please take a look. I think it will help. As you try this new approach though, please keep in mind that you and your kids did not land in this situation overnight. It took years of conventional parenting to get here. But, if you stick with it, you might be surprised with how well it works and how much fulfillment it brings to us as parents to parent this way!

Hi sumitha I am very happy to join your blog. I am a father of three children two son and one daughter. I tell her to rent with him she never do that. When I talk to her she replies impolitly and she goes outside at evening and get home at midnight. Parents can meet these challenges by remaining available, setting rules in a noncritical way, not belittling the adolescent, and avoiding lectures or predicting catastrophes.

Contracting with the adolescent is also a useful tool. Disciplinary spanking of adolescents is most inappropriate. Despite their challenging attitudes and professions of independence, many adolescents do want parental guidance and approval. Parents should ensure that the basic rules are followed and that logical consequences are set and kept in a nonconfrontational way.

Example : The adolescent defiantly takes the car and has an accident. The logical consequence would be that there is no car to drive and that the teenager has to help pay for the repairs. This teaches accountability. Rules are established for children so they can learn to live cooperatively with others, to teach them to distinguish right from wrong, and to protect them from harm. Children raised without reasonable limits will have difficulty adjusting socially.

The following are some ways that parents can use rules and limits to promote effective discipline:. Reinforce desirable behaviour. Avoid nagging and making threats without consequences. The latter may even encourage the undesired behaviour. Set reasonable and consistent limits. Consequences need to be realistic.

For example, grounding for a month may not be feasible. Prioritize rules. Give top priority to safety, then to correcting behaviour that harms people and property, and then to behaviour such as whining, temper tantrums and interrupting. Concentrate on two or three rules at first. Know and accept age-appropriate behaviour.

Accidentally spilling a glass of water is normal behaviour for a toddler. It is not willful defiance. On the other hand, a child who refuses to wear a bicycle helmet after repeated warnings is being willfully defiant. Make the consequences brief. Parents should mean what they say and say it without shouting at the child. Verbal abuse is no less damaging than physical punishment. Follow consequences with love and trust, and ensure that the child knows the correction is directed against the behaviour and not the person.

Guard against humiliating the child. Model forgiveness and avoid bringing up past mistakes. Three forms of discipline, in particular, are discussed in the current scientific literature:. Time-out is one of the most effective disciplinary techniques available to parents of young children, aged two years through primary school years 5.

The time-out strategy is effective because it keeps the child from receiving attention that may inadvertently reinforce inappropriate behaviour. Like any other procedure, time-out must be used correctly to be effective. It must be used unemotionally and consistently every time the child misbehaves. Research on why time-out works effectively has been published in detail 2 — 5. How time-out is initiated is important, as is what the child does during this time, how time-out is terminated, and what the parent does when it is over.

Pick the right place. Be sure the time-out place does not have built-in rewards. The television should not be on during time-out. Prepare the child by briefly helping him or her connect the behaviour with the time-out. Parents should avoid using time-out for teaching or preaching. When the child is in time-out, he should be ignored. After time-out is over, it is over. Create a fresh start by offering a new activity. Just move on. If used properly, time-out will work over time.

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It may not necessarily eliminate the unwanted behaviour, but it will decrease the frequency. If time-out does not work after repeated tries, a consult is recommended. Parents should be advised that these general guidelines may need to be adjusted to suit the particular temperament of the child. Parents may have to experiment with the length of time-out, because 1 min per year of age may be too long for some children.

Discipline involves teaching positive behaviour as well as changing unwanted behaviour. That is, children need to know what to do as well as what not to do. In general, it is more effective to anticipate and prevent undesirable behaviour than to punish it. An away-from-the-moment discussion can help prevent undesirable behaviour by giving parents the opportunity to teach the child the desirable behaviour in advance. This technique is not appropriate for use in children younger than three years to four years of age 6.

The Psychosocial Paediatrics Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society has carefully reviewed the available research in the controversial area of disciplinary spanking 7 — The existing research is not in the form of double-blind, randomized controlled trials, as such studies would be impossible to conduct. Moreover, no modern ethics committee is likely to approve research that involves violence against children. The research that is available supports the position that spanking and other forms of physical punishment are associated with negative child outcomes.

The Canadian Paediatric Society, therefore, recommends that physicians strongly discourage disciplinary spanking and all other forms of physical punishment. Physical redirection or restraint to support time-out or to prevent a child from harming himself or others may be necessary, but should be done carefully and without violence. Physical harm to a child inflicted by a parent out of control and in a rage is completely inappropriate and dangerous.

During periods of anticipatory guidance on appropriate discipline, physicians should also remind parents to take a time-out for themselves before they lose control. Discipline is about changing behaviour, not about punishing children. Discipline allows children to develop self-discipline, and helps them become emotionally and socially mature adults. There are many effective techniques that can help parents teach and guide their children, and some forms of discipline will always remain controversial.

Physicians should actively counsel parents about discipline and specifically discourage all forms of physical punishment, including the use of spanking. The physician, while taking a complete psychosocial history, should include a discussion on effective means of discipline. A balanced view should be offered to families. The physician should be an advocate for the child as well as a resource for the parent in offering counselling and anticipatory guidance. Inappropriate forms of discipline should be identified and corrected. Consideration should be given to cultural differences, and adjustments should be made for a developmentally challenged child.

It is essential to emphasize to parents the importance of being consistent, being a good role model and avoiding empty threats, ie, not following through with consequences. Effective discipline should be based on academic facts rather than subjective opinion. The conclusions and recommendations in this statement should, therefore, be viewed as subject to revision and clarification as data continue to accumulate. The recommendations in this statement do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed.

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Paediatr Child Health. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Telephone , fax , Web sites www. All rights reserved. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Infants birth to 12 months Infants need a schedule around feeding, sleeping and play or interaction with others. Early toddlers one year to two years At the early toddler stage, it is normal and necessary for toddlers to experiment with control of the physical world and with the capacity to exercise their own will versus that of others. Late toddlers two years to three years The struggle for mastery, independence and self-assertion continues.

Adolescents 13 years to 18 years Conflicts frequently ensue because the adolescent adheres increasingly to the peer group, challenges family values and rules, and distances himself from the parents. The following are some ways that parents can use rules and limits to promote effective discipline: Reinforce desirable behaviour. Apply rules consistently. Ignore unimportant and irrelevant behaviour, eg, swinging legs while sitting. State acceptable and appropriate behaviour that is attainable.

In applying consequences, these suggestions may be helpful: Apply consequences as soon as possible. Do not enter into arguments with the child during the correction process. Time-out Time-out is one of the most effective disciplinary techniques available to parents of young children, aged two years through primary school years 5. Some suggestions for parents on effective time-out include the following: Introduce time-out by 24 months.

The parent should be the time keeper. Reasoning or away-from-the-moment discussions Discipline involves teaching positive behaviour as well as changing unwanted behaviour. Disciplinary spanking The Psychosocial Paediatrics Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society has carefully reviewed the available research in the controversial area of disciplinary spanking 7 — Divorce: Consequences for children. Pediatr Review. Howard BJ. Discipline in early childhood. Pediatr Clin North Am. Parrish JM. Behaviour management in the child with developmental disabilities. Disciplining young children: The role of verbal instructions and reasoning.

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