The 10 commandments of discipline. Parents will like this…
- Examine the evidence
Examine all the evidence and interview all witnesses before bringing charges.
2. JUSTICE SHOULD BE SWIFT
Don’t make your kids sit on “death row” for hours waiting for a pardon from the governor.
3. DON’T DISCIPLINE OUT OF ANGER
4. Try not to discipline in the heat of the moment, when emotions are peaking. Before you lose control, call a parenting time – out.
5. DON’T EXHUME THE BODIES OF THE PAST
Stay current. Discipline your children for today’s “mess-up,” not the one that occurred last week, last month, or even last year.
6. NEVER ARGUE WITH YOUR KIDS
Some kids use arguing as a stalling tactic to avoid discipline. They figure if they plead their case vehemently enough they might get you to reverse your decision.
7. PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME
Don’t give your kids the death penalty for misdemeanor – for instance if your teenager misses curlew by a few minutes. Any discipline should reflect the severity of the problem.
8. HELP YOUR KIDS SEE THEIR ROLE BEFORE YOU DISCIPLINE
Help your kids understand their mistakes and the possible motivation behind the misdeed or misconduct. If an apology is in order be sure they know why and to whom it should be directed. This ends the case by bringing “closure” to their act.
9. DON’T WITHOLD FOREGIVENESS – IT BECOMES MANIPULATIVE
Some parents stay mad as a way to remain in a one – up power position over their children. Letting go of your anger and communication forgiveness helps a child do the right thing next time.
10. NEVER DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN FOR AN ACCIDENT.
Contributed by Greg Naumon
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