Travis from Daddy’s Hangout shares a great post to help dad’s focus on positive discipline instead of negative discipline.
It’s true that there is still the stereotype of Dad being the disciplinarian in the home. I’m sure we have either all said it, or heard it when we were younger. “Just you wait until your Dad gets home!”.
I know that as a child those words drove fear into my heart as my Dad would always follow through.
Speaking to him years later he told me that coming home and having to be the authority was extremely difficult. He would be ambushed by my Mom as soon as he got in the door with something along the lines of.
“You have to do something about that child.” He would then get a quick run down and be told we needed to be punished.
Positive Discipline Can Work For the Whole Family
With parenting in our modern world, it is becoming uncommon to see negative behaviours around discipline. We are talking about yelling at your kids, spanking and even berating them for bad behaviours.
We now know that these behaviours cause fear and a lack of understanding between the parent and child. Travis suggests using 4 easy tactics to keep your child in line with positive discipline.
- Focus On You – control your emotions and think clearly. Don’t lose your temper.
- Talk To Your Kids – this should really say listen! Find out the reason behind them acting out as it could be easily sorted.
- Reinforce Good Behaviour – heap praise on doing the right thing and try to not engage in negative actions. This can be harder than you think so re-read #1.
- Redirect – don’t go on like a broken record. Change both what you are saying and how you are saying it. If your child is constantly acting out the same way, your message is not getting across.
Using positive discipline with your children will allow you to develop a strong relationships. This is true of any age so it’s never too late to change your attitude.
Foster good communication skills and come home to a happy house using positive discipline with your kids.
You can read the full post here.
My name is Andrea Thompson and I’m a home based freelance writer. I’m 23 years old, married to my best friend, and mother to a wonderfully independent and opinionated 3 year old girl and step-mother to a sweet seven year old boy. I live in a tiny, little town in Kentucky, where I spend my free time fishing with my kids.
Writing has always been my passion, which I followed through high school, and for a while in college. Life happened, and once I discovered we were pregnant, I switched directions; opting for the healthcare industry because of the stability.
Finally, years later, I was in a place where I could leave the day job that never truly made me happy, and pursue my dreams. I’ve built, and am still building, my writing career from scratch. But, I’m passionate and I’m good at what I do. And, in the end, I can prove to my daughter that she can do anything she wants with this life.