Categories: At home

How to Discipline Your Children In 3 Positive Ways

If you are looking to see great behaviors in your child, using positive discipline is a great way to encourage good choices! When people hear words like “positive discipline” or “redirection,” many people assume that folks are being too easy on children, but the fact is fear tactics, yelling and hitting isn’t going to bring up a confident child!

Fear tactics will only create a scared and anxious child. That’s not a recipe for a happy adult later on in life.

Try these three tools of positive discipline in order to get your kid back on the right track!

Catch Your Child Being Good

The best way to get your child feeling good about making good choices? Catch him or her being good!

This positive discipline tool is simple to do and only requires you to be mindful of your kiddo.

When your child makes a good choice or does something positive that you have been working on him or her with, simply catch your child in the act by praising and rewarding him or her that very moment! This is the time to bust out a surprise reward that your child wasn’t expecting or perhaps just showering your little one with a heap of praise!

Redirect, Redirect, Redirect (& Ignore)

Ignore–Sometimes my child does things simply to get my attention– and these things may not be good things! One of the best ways to extinguish a bad behavior is to not reward it with any attention or commentary. Ignoring the behavior is a good way to guarantee that your child won’t do it again because it simply didn’t reap the reaction he or she was hoping for. This positive discipline tool requires no yelling or fuss!

Redirect— If your child is not making a smart choice, how can you redirect his or her energies? Is the atmosphere causing poor behavior? Food he or she is eating? The company your kiddo is keeping? Is your child bored? Think of ways to refocus your child’s attention onto something new in order to stop that pesky bad behavior.

Setting Goals

Instead of letting your kid have access to as many fun things and treats as possible, perhaps set up some of his or her favorite things as goals.

For example, a trip to the ice cream shoppe could become a bit more powerful when that trip is only earned by a week or two of great behavior.

This reward will be well-cherished and worked for.

This is one positive discipline tool that has worked for me, each and every time!

What’s your opinion? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Laura Lifshitz

Laura Lifshitz is a pint-sized, battery-operated, tour de force of wit and will. A comedienne, writer, Columbia University graduate, former educator & ex- MTV personality, Laura will work for chocolate. A contributor for the New York Times The Motherlode, the Huffington Post, PopSugarMoms, HuffPostLive and more, read her rantings on sex, marriage, divorce, parenthood, and life at frommtvtomommy or follow her on Facebook or Twitter. She likes to make friends with strangers.

Recent Posts

Incredible Surgery in the Womb Corrects Baby’s Spina Bifida After Her Parents Reject Abortion

There is now hope for children with spina bifida as doctors develop new techniques to correct the defect in utero.…

11 hours ago

Missing 11-Year-Old Florida Girl Was Lured By 24-Year-Old Man Posing As Young Girl On Minecraft

An 11-year-old girl from Florida who went missing was lured by a man who posed as a young girl on…

11 hours ago

Mom Charged After Walking Into Hospital Carrying ‘Obviously Deceased’ Toddler

My heart completely breaks for people waiting to get pregnant or to adopt a kid who is going to be…

11 hours ago

Schools Are Now Selling Bulletproof Panels For Kid’s Backpacks

It’s not uncommon to see schools selling a variety of different items, usually marketed towards parents as a means of…

11 hours ago

Breaking News: Middle School Student Shoots Himself At School

A seventh grader in Ohio shot himself in a school bathroom early on Tuesday, authorities have confirmed. The student shot…

2 days ago

People Really Want Child-Free Zones On Planes

For some people, the idea of being seated next to a child or baby is literally their own personal definition…

2 days ago