Matter-of-fact Discipline (9-3-15)

Today’s Parenting Reminder:

You can be matter-of-fact about rules and their consequences.

  • When you need to correct your child, practice being calm and matter-of-fact.
  • Don’t raise your voice. Speak calmly. Explain exactly what you want done in a matter-of-fact way.
  • If you need to insist on a consequence for bad behavior, stay matter-of-fact. No big crisis.
  • Remind your child that you both knew the rule and the consequence. This is just the way it is.
  • Say something like, “I’m sorry you decided to do that and will miss your TV program tonight. I hope you’ll make a better choice and be able to watch tomorrow night.”

Read more about the need for consequences: Sneaky or Clever, Which Is It?

Next Parenting Reminder will be on Sept. 5, 2015 (Daily Parenting Tips).

Check Daily Parenting Tips for hundreds of past helpful reminders.


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