Would you like to build character in your kids when you discipline them? Are you afraid you're too harsh or too easy? Would you like to discipline with logic? Inside you'll find 3 common problems and 3 logical ways to handle them.
Discipline Problem and Its Solution # 1 ~ your children fight over which TV program to watch.
Consider turning off the TV for a day. Your children will need to find something else to do. Hopefully, it won't be computer games.
Discipline Problem and Its Solution #2 ~ your child waves sharp scissors around recklessly.
Consider taking the sharp scissors away and handing your child blunt tipped scissors young children use. This can be a good alternative when your child needs scissors for homework projects.
Discipline Problem and Its Solution # 3 ~ your child ignores your commands to "get off the phone."
Consider taking phone privileges away for 1 or 2 days. This might be difficult if you work outside the home and the phone is available when you're not there. In that case, take the phone privileges away when you are home.
Building Character with Logical Consequences Conclusion:
Perhaps you noticed each problem had a logical consequence. Each problem had a direct solution connected to the misbehavior. It wouldn't be logical if your child didn't get off the phone when you asked and you told your child to walk the dog as a punishment. Walking the dog has no direct consequence to your child hanging up the phone.
I know it isn't easy to always find a logical consequence when disciplining your child. You'll need to stop and think before you speak. Ask yourself, "What consequence fits this misbehavior?" You'll almost always come up with a good solution.
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Jean Tracy, MSS