Temperament-Based Parenting and Discipline
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What You Need to Know
A Time-Out strategy doesn’t work with every child. Temperament-based parenting takes the temperament of the child into account when choosing a discipline strategy.
- Each child is unique and his or her temperament is how he or she consistently reacts in different situations. The first step is to determine your child’s temperament.
- There are four dimensions of temperament-based parenting: activity, approach/withdrawal, task persistence, and negative reactivity.
- There are several principles that temperament-based parenting is based on. These include the principle that children are born with a unique temperament and that temperament influences behavior and emotional reactions.
- Parents may react to their child with counterproductive, adequate, or optimal responses; the best of these being an optimal parental response.
How You Can Help
The goal is to match the management strategies to your child’s temperament. Below is just one example. Keep in mind that it may not relate to your child’s temperament.
- To determine your child’s temperament, try out this temperament survey. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/insights/profile
- If your child is low in activity, you may need to encourage him or her to participate in activities. Kick a ball around outside or have a race.
- If your child is high in activity, find ways for him or her to use all of that energy! Try getting your child involved in sports that he or she enjoys or provide extra time to run around and play.
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