How to discipline when you are at work all day?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/04/2009

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We have an in home au pair. I share the rules/consequences with the au pair. If my child doesn't get a 'perfect angel' report (she will usually tell me if she did when I arrive home), then I get both sides of the story. My child, fortunately, does not like to be admonished so she tends to not like getting in trouble. Usually, we sit down and discuss what happened (which is usually a not being polite or not listening event) and get her to apologize and then state that she would try not to do it again.

Tracy - posted on 06/30/2009

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I use a discipline pocket, which has worked very well. I found them online at disciplinemommy.com. Totally worth the $8. I am tired from work, i hated comming home to deal with behavior issues. My nights are alot more pleasant now. Good luck

Vanessa - posted on 06/30/2009

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I try to implement rules with my teenagers. I make them aware that there are consequences. It doesn't work all the time, but I have to work and when they don't receive the things that they ask me for, they usually get their acts together.

Dana - posted on 06/30/2009

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I think the most important thing is to have a consistent plan that you and all care takers follow. My sons (2 and 4) know that they will be corrected the same way no matter who is in charge. I also think it is imporant to avoid "letting it go" when you are tired. I find it especially hard to disipline/correct when I haven't seen my kids all day because I don't want to feel like the bad guy. But that is when it is most important. They are much calmer and relaxed when they know their boundaries.

Marcy - posted on 06/30/2009

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When you are at work where does your baby go? I work full time and my son is in nursery school. He was in daycare for his first two years. My daycare provider (and this was a big reason I picked her) didn't use time out etc. I guess its a tough question to answer w/o knowing the age of your kiddo. We are fortunate in that we don't have many sitations with our son. When he acts out we stop whatever it is we are doing (turn fof the tv, stop playing games etc.) and we go in to quiet time. We don't do anything fun until we have "didscussed" what happened and try and make it right (i.e. If he spills something on purpose he cleans it up). This seems to work well for him and for us. Good luck its a challenge.

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