Western societies are showing more and more open tolerance for the rights of the children within its demographic profiles and as such parents and other legal guardians and caretakers are having fewer options available for instilling discipline.
Over the years discipline has come to be somewhat synonymous with punishment or pain. The modern society seems to be saturated with its partnership with corporal punishment. No form of hitting a child or causing them any discomfort is tolerated. So what are parents to do?
First of all, discipline has to be seen as an activity that is happening throughout the life of the child. Too many make the mistake of waiting for the teenage years or for some obvious sign of wrong doing before intervention is made.
Constant communication is vital to effective discipline. Children do in fact love their parents who discipline them so long as it is consistently fair and clear.
The personalities of the parents or guardians must be taken into consideration as well. The disciplinary tactics that work for someone else might not necessarily work for you. Find out the areas that you connect well with your child or ward. What are your particular areas of strength as a parent? Are there some routine practices that yield good results?
There can be some situations that are hard to prescribe a suitable method of discipline, as shown in the picture below, but keep in mind at all times that it is the wellbeing of the child that must be of top priority throughout the disciplinary process.
If you develop an early sincere relationship with your child from birth, if you keep your promises to your child, if you remain firm and unflinching in your standards then your child will eventually come to the realization that your actions are in her best interest.
Nonetheless, you can still learn from the practices, successes and failures of other parents’ attempts to discipline their children.