Homeschool Mom: Hey parents! Try disciplining your kids to avoid bad behavior.
Perhaps I am a little old-fashioned, but I am pretty sure that there are other ways to discipline and curb poor behavior in children and relieve maternal stress other than abandoning children on highways or killing them and stuffing them into trash bags. I have three with whom I spend about as much time as a mother can with her offspring. Here are five easy things to try.
Say the word "No": I love to say "NO" even to children who are not mine. I have no problem looking in their little faces and saying "No." In fact, saying "No" to children is good for their character. Sometimes I say "No" just because I feel like it.
Say the words "Stop that or else": I also enjoy the words "Stop that or else...." They are easy to say and flow from the tongue like poetry when someone is noisily bickering in the backseat or repeating the same word in an endless chant meant to drive adults to distraction. Even in a class full of children, the words "Stop that or else" can work wonders.
Try giving them a punishment: These are the "or else" you previously threatened them with. There are those children that need more convincing that their behaviors must change, and that is when you choose from a list of unpleasant consequences you have decided upon in advance.
How to choose a punishment: I find that choosing punishments that make life easier for me is a good way to reward myself for good parenting. For instance, have them do chores you find tedious or take away noisy objects or other things you find objectionable like video games or TV.
What to do when "No" or "Stop that" or a punishment doesn't work: If none of these things work, then you have already ruined your child and now you must start at square one by introducing the child to the concept of "No" and "Stop that or else." I would start by emptying their rooms of everything but a mattress and bedding and one set of clean clothes. It will help them get used to the place they are headed in the future if they do not get the first two concepts down, which will be jail.
|Homeschool Mom: Pam Heilman is a California Credentialed Teacher who once won some body lotion in a raffle at the Y. She is currently residing in Southern California with her husband Eric, and homeschools their three children.|