- Foresee problem areas and seek to deal with them before conflict develops.
- Understand that a positive action elicits desirable behavior sooner than a negative reaction.
- Use praise more then blame; encouragement rather than nagging.
- Avoid arbitrary rules.
- Strive for fairness.
- Be consistent but not inflexible.
- Avoid ridicule and sarcasm.
- Never threaten a child.
- Not humiliate a child in front of other peers.
- Delay severe punishment until you are calm and controlled.
- Listen to explanations before making final conclusions.
- Explain your decisions.
The word discipline comes from the Latin word disciple – a pupil, to instruct, educate, train.
True discipline includes nurturance and restriction – two necessary elements of growth.
The child that does not know boundaries for behavior feels insecure.
Punishment is only a temporary deterrent not a permanent solution.