I started this blog because I wrote my 2nd Children’s book Naughty Little Boy, to show children that there are consequences for their actions. I also want to put fun things later on for children, such as color sheets and activities. I will definitely take it one step at a time and I hope you’ll enjoy my blogs.
As children grow up and begin to understand the connection between actions and consequences, we have to make sure to start communicating the rules of our family’s home and enforce consequences. The earlier that parents establish this kind of “I set the rules and you’re expected to listen or accept the consequences” standard, the better it will be for everyone.
While it’s sometimes easier for parents to disregard irregular unpleasant behavior or not follow through on some threatened punishment, this sets a bad example. Consistency is the key to effective discipline, and it’s important for parents to decide (together, if you are not a single parent) what the rules are and then sustain them.
While you become clear on what behaviors will be punished, we have to also remember to reward good behaviors. Don’t underestimate the positive effect that your praise can have. You see, discipline is not just about punishment, but also about recognizing good behavior. For example, saying “I’m proud of you for sharing your toys on a play-date” is usually more effective than punishing a child for the opposite behavior, which is not sharing. And be specific when imparting praise; don’t just say, “Good job!”