Educating children from a young age is the most difficult task for parents. The reason is, toddlers’ age is a period where your little one still wants to be free to do whatever they want. Every parent’s way is different. There are those who are more patient, but there are also those who tend to be angry or even involve violence such as twisting, hitting, or yelling. Choosing the wrong way of disciplining children can actually make children more rebellious and run away from responsibilities. Instead of using violence that wastes energy, it’s better to use a more subtle, but focused and effective way to discipline children, here’s how:
Must Be Consistent
a child development specialist, states that from the ages of 2 to 3 children work hard to understand how their behavior affects those around them. Lerner says that parenting that is applied regularly and consistently can make children feel more secure and protected. Children become aware of what their parents expect so that they can be calmer when given orders.
Recognize the Triggers of Tantrums in children
Tantrums are a natural occurrence for every child. Therefore, every parent should know very well what makes their child tantrums and fussy. Most children indeed will have explosive emotions when they feel hungry or sleepy. Well, it’s better to avoid these times when you want to teach discipline to children.
Follow the Child’s Mindset
Another way to educate children since toddlers are to follow the little one’s mindset. It’s very easy to get annoyed when your little one makes a mess of the whole house. Today your little one draws all over the walls of the house with crayons, then the next day scatters toys without tidying up again. You must be dizzy-made.
Create a Suitable Environment
Now you know that your little one is experiencing endless curiosity and wants to explore all kinds of new things. Well, to start educating children, avoid various temptations that can disperse children’s concentration. Yes, creating a conducive and appropriate environment for your little one is the right way to educate children.
Do Not Hesitate to Give PAunishment’ to Children
Many parents do not have the heart to punish their children. Actually, it is also necessary to show a firm attitude in educating children. But remember, you also have to measure the punishment given to your child, don’t be too burdensome. This is only done to make your little one learn discipline.
Avoid yelling or scolding your little one when he doesn’t want to be disciplined. The reason is, this will only make the positive message you convey just disappear in the child’s mind. When your child catches the negative aura of parental anger, he will only see the form of his emotions and will not hear what you have to say.
Don’t worry, no parent is perfect. There is no need to compare your child’s discipline with other children his age. Because every child has a different development period and cannot be equated. Just do the best you can do.
No matter how stressed you are trying to educate your little one to be disciplined, stay positive. Believe that you are able to educate children as well as possible. Ask your partner or pediatrician for the best advice on disciplining your child.