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One of the biggest issues people have faced during quarantine is how to discipline their child. As children lose their routines and remain at home with all forms of entertainment, they can become indisciplined. Here’s how to best go about it

1. Establish Family Rules Clearly

Family rules are essential for each household with children. Establishing them early on and making them clear to your children is important for their well-being.

However, know that children will test them wherever they can. Be prepared to commit to them!

2. Set Boundaries In Time

Several child psychologists have suggested that as toddlers, children should start becoming aware of boundaries. However, keep in mind that they are not aware of the link between actions and consequences at that age.

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Let them know gently about what is unacceptable or what is appropriate.

3. Explaining The Consequences, Not Enforcing Them

Children need to link that there are consequences for bad behavior. Explaining them initially in a gentle manner is a good way to start than jumping onto enforcing them.

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4. Positive Enforcements Create A Balance

Just as establishing negative consequences is important, so is positively enforcing your child’s behavior. If they have shown kindness to someone or shared something, praise them and encourage them.

Most importantly, children pick up what they observe. Create an environment in your home that is encouraging.

5. Be Honest About Your Feelings

Children are just as sensitive about their parents as vice versa. Hence, one way to curb their tantrums is, to be honest about your feelings with them. Let them know their bad behavior makes you feel upset; they are sensitive to hearing from you.

6. Do Not Smack

Smacking is, especially in desi households, something far too common. However, most studies have shown that children do not react positively to being smacked as a form of punishment.

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Smacking may often cause them physical pain or distress, which can easily turn into trauma. Instead, opt for the traditional “time out” approach.

7. Limit The Time-Outs

Keep the time-outs only for serious incidents. Giving them time outs for eating sour candy or not washing their hands may desensitize them to the punishment. This can make them start taking one form of punishment for granted, necessitating a higher form in the future.

Let us know how these tips work out for you in the comments below!

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