“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
Disciplining children is one of the key tasks that parents are expected to perform. Effective positive disciplining helps children understand what to do and what not to do. Most parents are aware of this and put in significant effort to raise self-disciplined adults.
However, creating a disciplining strategy that works for you and your child can be very stressful for some parents. That’s why, today, we are going to explore the golden rules of preschool discipline.
A book published by Oxford University Press in 1997, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, by Steven Shelov, mentions a few rules of preschool discipline that can help parents formulate effective strategies. Steven Shelov, MD, MS, is founding Dean and a professor of paediatrics at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. His rules are as follows:
Do remember that you are your child’s role model and the child will try to copy your behaviour sooner or later. Being level-headed and fair in your disciplining approach will help you gain your child’s trust and respect. Be consistent and keep in mind that the purpose of discipline is to teach.
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Shelov, S. P. (1997). Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
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