Positive discipline is how you guide and teach your child in a way that protects and socializes them to have self-control, be independent, and respect themselves and others.
Positive discipline = Discipline without spanking
Learn more positive ways to teach your child by watching Best Start’s Children See Children Learn video series about positive parenting.
Tell them why they cannot do certain activities and redirect them to another safe activity, for example, “I understand you like to jump on the couch, it’s not safe. Let’s jump on the floor instead”.
By planning ahead, you can avoid situations that may lead to difficult behaviour.
For example, plan shopping trips when both you and your child are rested and fed.
Change can be difficult for children. Prepare them by telling them what is going to happen next.
This will help to get your child to behave the way you would like them to.
Children may get frustrated and have temper tantrums. This is normal behaviour. Stay calm, allow your child to calm down and acknowledge their feelings.
A child can start to understand limits after one year of age. Setting limits and rules can help your child learn to behave. No child will behave the way you want all the time, no matter how well you teach them.
Children learn best when they have consistent and predictable daily routines such as meals and snacks, waking up, bedtime, or picking up toys after playing. Routines provide a supportive, safe environment for children and promote healthy social and emotional development.
Spanking is not discipline. It is physical punishment and hitting can hurt your child physically, emotionally and socially.
You may be saying to yourself, “I was spanked and I turned out okay.” It could be that you turned out okay in spite of being spanked, not because you were spanked.
In the past, parents did the best they could with what they knew. Today, we know a lot more about how children develop. That’s why more and more parents are choosing not to spank.
Your child is not out to get you and there may be times when you may feel overwhelmed and nothing seems to work: