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No More Time Outs! Positive Discipline That Works (page 2)

No More Time Outs! Positive Discipline That Works

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Updated on Sep 30, 2012

Play it Cool

  • Replace your time out chair with a comfy place to cool off. This may be a bean bag chair or a comfy chair with a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or books.
  • If he's angry, explain that when his body is relaxed, his voice is quiet and his arms and feet are not hurting others, he will be ready to come back and join the family.
  • Allow him to determine when he is ready to come back by observing the changes in his body.

Positive Example

  • Like it or not, children are often much like their parents! And it's important to remember that one of the biggest ways that young children learn and make connections is through modeling and emulation. Look at your own behavior to see if you are modeling the behavior you don’t like. How are you treating your child, other members of the family or friends and strangers?
  • Be sure you model kindness, patience and self-control if you would like your child to do the same. Children will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say.

Discipline can be one of the biggest challenges of parenting preschoolers. Remember, your young child is just learning how to appropriately behave in the world. It's your job as a parent to teach him how to control his temper, express his feelings and even apologize when he is wrong. In short, teach him the skills he needs to work through tough situations proactively, rather than simply punishing him blindly for behavior he might not understand.

If you've ever met an adult who didn't learn these lessons in childhood, you know they're not much fun to be around! Although it takes more time and effort, positive discipline will pay off as your child enters the world with skills in resolving conflicts, expressing his feelings and being in control when things don’t go his way. More importantly, you'll be setting the foundation for good social skills and problem solving for his years to come.

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