Thursday, July 28, 2011
Oops! Discipline Goofs
We are too negative. "Don't hit your sister!" "Stop pulling the dog's tail."
THE FIX- Ask for the behavior you want to see.
We expect too much from our kids.
THE FIX- Play Teacher. Parents assume kids know more than they do. Remind yourself that he/she isn't trying to be a pain.
We model behavior we don't want to see.
THE FIX- Apologize and take a do-over. If we yell, our kids probably will too! Saying sorry to your children demonstrates that we're accountable for our actions nonetheless.
We use time-out ineffectively.
THE FIX- Consider a time-in. A time out is meant to be a chance for a child to calm down, not a punishment.
Michelle Macon, Program Coordinator