how do you Discipline your children

Tootie - posted on 12/01/2011 ( 204 moms have responded )

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with different ages in the house, or step children or one child, down to the 3 yr old..how do you maintain order and control?

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Nikki - posted on 12/03/2011

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I like positive parenting, reinforcing good behaviour, rewarding and praising good behaviour, redirection, ignoring some negative behaviours, setting clear boundaries, using consequences and sticking to them. I believe our children's behaviour is impacted a lot by our own responses, if we nag and yell our children will rarely respond in a positive way. Have fun with your children, teach them how to behave positively.

Meghan - posted on 12/03/2011

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Depending on the age I either give time outs or conditions. The main thing I'd to have a set of rules that everyone has to follow not just stepchildren or biological children. When they are all on the same page it makes it easier for everyone. I talk to my girls and explain to them what action they are doing that is not allowed. If they do not stop they get a time out (one minute per age). When the time out is over I talk to them again and have them say sorry and give a hug and kiss.

Alessia - posted on 12/02/2011

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We speak to our children about what they are doing wrong. Discipline involves time out, writing an apology, or sitting in the corner for a few minutes. We NEVER hit.

Lise - posted on 12/01/2011

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I only have one child. I don't know if I would call what I do discipline or not. We have order in the house. If she does something she's not supposed to, we tell her "Please stop" and redirect her. If she's yelling/loud, we ignore her until she requests/vocalizes nicely. What are your specific concerns?

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