What are the 10 things you can say when disciplining your child?

What are the 10 things you can say when disciplining your child?

Disciplining a child could be thought of a roller-coaster especially if you have a super-naughty kid. However, discipline is not always about punishments, it is about understanding the good behaviours and its basics. In fact, when you involve the kid in talking and listening, it creates a better bond and connection with the kid. No matter what they learn at school, it still begins from home. So here are a few things you could say while disciplining your kid.

10 things to say while Disciplining your Child:

The earlier you start the easier it gets. It is believed that the disciplining process should start when your child is a toddler as their brain is young and learning to analyse things and grasp better. They haven’t developed a habit yet, which makes it easier for you.

Ask them to Do it again:

You may tell your child where they went wrong later but until then they might just forget. What you could try instead is politely correcting them at the moment and ask your kid to go outside the room and do it again in a respectful manner. You not only give them another chance to be better, but also practice makes its way to their memory.

Disciplining your Child

State clearly the family Rules:

Tell your kid about the family rules and abide yourself to it firmly. It is all happening in normal talking and doing. Remember to keep them fair. Children will try to test their boundaries so remember to be consistent. Make up your own rules about what’s right and what’s not, what the limits are and what parents expect from their kids.

Do not get in a power struggle:

You do not need to correct your child for every tiny thing as it will just tune them out. And also, not everything needs a struggle. Be their wrong choice of clothing or coming home a few minutes later than the regular time. Choose wisely about what is more important to be spoken about. It should always be a win-win situation.

Speak out the negative consequences with your child

Speak out the negative consequences:

Your child needs to know that there might be consequences if they go off the line and there will not always be a way out. It may be a classic way to deal but yet sometimes effective. As a parent, you need to decide on the outcomes because you know your child better. Also, do not be too hard on them as it might be difficult for your kid to deal with.

Speak out the positives:

They deserve the positives or rewards for being good or respectful. Praise your child for his/her good deeds. Try rewarding them some time by either taking for a dining out or a ticket to their favourite match. This will help to keep their spirit up.

Talk about your feelings:

Your kid will be more concerned about how you feel. Let them know that it hurts you every time they behave disrespectfully or you feel annoyed to clean up the mess they create after a long tiring day. This is something they will understand and is more powerful than yelling.

Say nothing:

Silence is golden. At times all you could do is stay quiet and talk nothing. Its better than hurtful words or punishments. This will let your child know that you are hurt and also feel bad. It gives them time to think and realise what they’ve done wrong.

Learn to pause your word:

There might be situations where you are extremely pissed and start to speak loud with your kid. When you do this it does not help them to understand or realise. So, pause your word right away. Ask them to go to their room and approach your little one when everything is calm, particularly you.

Be calm but firm:

Your words should not only be spoken calmly but also in a firm tone. Being angry and irritated is not an approach. A simple and repeated use of “No” would be easier to understand by a child of any age and very clear on your part. Moreover, when you use an angry tone, it will only scare your child away.

Ask them what’s wrong:

It is not always about you or the mistakes but sometimes it is about how your kid feels. Try to know what is the reason behind your kid being so aggressive or upset. Ask them what has been bothering them or has upset them? You kid might be learning how to manage emotions and behave with others. Talking with him will help this matter to resolve.

Ask your child about what’s wrong

You might have a lot of failed attempts in this disciplining process but know that your child may misbehave for a lot of reasons and find it difficult to express inappropriate manner.

1. Put forth the rules and consequences and never forget to praise them when they abide by it firmly.
2. Give your child a second chance and ask them to do it again with respect.
3. Choose things that are worth arguing over and know where you stay silent.
4. Talk about your feelings and know about theirs.
5. Learn to pause when you aren’t calm and always use your word firmly.

What are the 10 things you can say when disciplining your child

10 things to say while Disciplining your Child

Ask them to Do it again

State clearly the family Rules

Do not get in a power struggle

Speak out the negative consequences

Speak out the positives

Talk about your feelings

Say nothing

Learn to pause your word

Be calm but firm

Ask them what’s wrong


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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