As a single parent, you bear the sole responsibility for disciplining your children, shaping their behavior, and helping them make good choices. You can't count on having someone else being there to back you up or to help you choose the most appropriate consequences when disciplinary action is needed. So in order to make quick, sound decisions, you'll need to develop a "toolkit" of effective child discipline strategies to choose from:
- Testing your limits is a healthy part of your children's growth and development. In order to be an effective disciplinarian, you need to have a game plan in place before they misbehave. What are your expectations?
- Genuine praise has a powerful effect on your children's behavior, as well as their overall self-esteem. Regardless of how cavalier your children may appear, they actually crave
- Setting boundaries reinforces our expectations and sends a message to our kids that we believe they are capable of doing what we ask.
- Sometimes the most appropriate child discipline response is simply redirecting your child's attention.
- Removing privileges is another powerful child discipline tool. When your children begin to outgrow the effectiveness of the traditional time out strategy, you can begin putting toys in time out.
- Behavior modification is when you help your child become aware of a certain behavior by noting their progress on a chart or calendar. For example, if you want your children to take more responsibility for brushing their teeth, you might post a behavior modification chart in the bathroom where they can add a check mark each time they remember.