Child Discipline Tips For Frustrated Mothers

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Child discipline tips are not always easy to find. Are you at a loss for where to start with respect to disciplining your child? Have your child disciplining tactics failed to be as effective as you thought they would be—if they’ve even worked at all? Do you find yourself, as a mother, frustrated, stressed out, and just plain tired in the child discipline department? If so, relax—you’re not alone. Whether you’re a new mom or a well-seasoned mother of several young children, you can certainly benefit from learning a few tried-and-true child tips to help you out of a rut, give you some new ideas, or increase your level of effectiveness in disciplining your child or children. Here are a few great child discipline tips you can try, starting right now. Some of these tips can be implemented to avoid the need to discipline in the first place.

First, make sure you don’t discipline babies and very young toddlers, who have the inability to understand what they did and why it was wrong. Children at this age are also generally incapable of deliberately disobeying. The discipline or punishment won’t help, and it will only hurt and confuse your baby. The best thing you can do with babies and very young toddlers is to gently but firmly say “no” to the misbehavior, and redirect their attention through a distraction.

When your child gets a bit older, you may notice deliberate disobedience and misbehavior, which you can correct with disciplinary measures through child discipline tips. However, there are a number of important things you can do and implement into your daily lives to help prevent disobedience, acting out, tantrums, and other misbehavior from occurring in the first place. These tips in the form of prevention or avoidance include maintaining boundaries, establishing routines, giving advance warning, and making sure their needs are met.

First, creating and maintaining boundaries is an important part of child discipline for prevention. Make sure you as the mom establish boundaries and rules for your child to follow, that your child knows and understands what these boundaries are, and that you are very consistent with them. This will make it easier on your child to remain within them and demonstrate acceptable behavior. Make sure any other caregivers (your husband, Grandma, a nanny, a babysitter, the day-care center) are aware of these boundaries. It’s very important to be “in sync.”

Just as important as boundaries is a routine when it comes to child discipline. Children thrive on routine, and when their routine is thrown off or is very inconsistent, it can wreak havoc on their little developing brains and systems, causing them to act out and misbehave. If you haven’t been doing much with a routine with your child (perhaps you pride yourself on being more of a “flexible” mother), it’s time to start one—you’ll probably notice a huge difference in your child’s behavior. A routine involves a regular time (give or take maybe about half an hour) for waking up, eating meals, having snacks, having naps, and going to bed. Stick to your routine as much as possible, and you may be surprised at the cooperative child you suddenly find yourself living with.
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