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7 Useful Discipline Tricks for Parents to Consider

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Does every homework session turn into a late night tantrum and either you or your child end up in tears? Are you losing sleep over trying to get your kid to learn his spellings? Why not borrow some tried and true discipline tricks from experienced teachers who easily and playfully manage 30 and more children at a time?

By following these tips, you will learn to manage any conflict situations that occur whenever your child starts to misbehave, find out how to motivate and encourage your kid to do his homework and create a peaceful and stimulating learning environment for him.

Here are some of the most typical situations parents face on a daily basis:

• Give them a chance to make the right choice

Normally kids are well aware of what they are doing wrong and know perfectly well how you want them to behave. If they intentionally do something you disapprove of, they probably expect you to react by yelling or threatening. Do surprise them by asking calmly to make a different choice and rethink their current behavior. Remind them about those little privileges they might lose if they choose to continue to act like that such as sitting next to a good friend, watching TV or playing a video game. Do not get upset if they don’t take you seriously, just stand by your promise and let them know it was their own choice.

• Let them see the consequences

Instead of just saying “Do not do that!”, which is primarily aimed to address their feelings, try to talk to their reason. If you explain, why doing something is dangerous or undesirable and how it can affect him or other people, your kid might come to his senses. If he is misbehaving in a car, tell him what can happen if you get stopped by a police officer. Tell him about the ticket you are going to pay for and about how you will not be able to take him to the zoo or buy the kind of present he wants for his birthday.

• Don’t hang over your child when talking to him

Some psychologists say this trick is intuitively followed by many fathers who kneel down to talk to their kids to get an eye-to-eye contact, while mothers usually prefer to remain standing when addressing a child. Getting down to your child’s level changes it from a scary and tough interaction of an angry adult and a guilty child to a straightforward conversation between the two equals.

• Change “go” to “come” and “must” to “let’s”

When next time you find yourself desperately trying to make your child start doing his homework, take a better look at what words you are using. All children are rebels in their nature so if you try to dominate, they will most likely fight back. Instead of turning it into a domestic battle, show your kid it is a fun activity for both of you. If he understands that you are on his team, he will become more cooperative. Instead of saying “go and do your homework”, try “Come with me and let’s take a look at your today’s homework” or “let’s make you some sandwiches in case you get hungry when doing homework!”

• Use their first name before asking to do anything

If your kid is not listening to you, it might be that he simply doesn’t hear you. Try using their first name before you ask them to do anything. That will help them focus and better understand what they are being asked.

• Let your kid invent his own rules

Children don’t like to obey by somebody’s rules but they enjoy being in charge. Do let them see you trust them to make their own decisions about their learning schedule, homework priorities etc. Have a long and detailed discussion about your expectations, fears and hopes. Encourage your child to take responsibility for his academic process, set his own learning goals and assess his own progress.

• Assign tasks you want your kid to learn doing

Are you trying to teach your kid time-management skills or want him to learn to meet deadlines? Assign him some non-school-related tasks that will show him how important these skills are and let him practice! Thus, for example, let him be in charge of sending birthday invitations to his friends or planning your weekend trip that will fit in homework doing and fun!


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