Behavioral Growth through Discipline
All mothers know that it is much easier to permit your two year old to watch an extra hour of TV than handling his/her tantrums. Introducing the concept of discipline in toddlers is a tough task and requires loads of patience.
How Does Discipline Help in Behavioural growth?
Disciplining your child can inculcate self control which will help him:
Discipline must not be equated with punishment. Never resort to spanking your child as it reduces the trust child places in you.
- Fit appropriately in the outside world,
- Stay away from dangers,
- Become assertive not aggressive,
- To be more considerate to others needs
- Postpone his pleasures for something more important.
How can you ensure discipline in your toddler?
- Moms need to be firm but kind to their little ones.
- A gentle “no” sends a message to your toddler. But as the child grows older he might want to do exactly the same thing either out of curiosity or for seeking attention.
- Set reasonable limits, for e.g. allow your child to watch TV for specific time everyday instead of saying absolute "no".
- Rewarding good behaviour also encourages the toddler to follow the rules of the house.
- Avoid punishing young toddlers (below 2 years). Distracting the child from a possible challenging situation is the best strategy to follow. Giving long explanation or time out techniques should be avoided in children below 2 years.
- “Time –Out” method can be initiated for toddlers above 2 years of age.
- Simple and short explanations and diverting from place or subject usually works fine for late toddlers.
- Never laugh at your child’s mistakes as it will encourage him/her to repeat them.
- For effective discipline ensuring proper child proofing of the house is important.