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parenting skills imageWelcome to the internet parent education workshop. A place to build parenting skills that help parents to discipline kids from toddlers to teens as well as to encourage children and adolescents to feel positive about themselves and to become the winners they were meant to be. Lots of practical solutions for parents as well as tips for improving communication, building positive relationships and other useful parenting skills. Therefore, the goal of parenting is to teach kids to develop self-discipline. Many parents feel spanking is necessary for effective discipline, although when parents learn and apply the three Fs of Effective using the parenting techniques on this page and others, they find that yelling, screaming and spanking disappear, and a positive relationship is established.

Try to set a side time on a regular basis to do something fun with your child.

> Never disagree about discipline in front of the children.

> Never give an order, request, or command without being able to enforce it at the time.

> Be consistent, that is, reward or punish the same behavior in the same manner as much as possible.

> Agree on what behavior is desirable and not desirable.

> Agree on how to respond to undesirable behavior.

> Make it as clear as possible what the child is to expect if he or she performs the undesirable behavior.

> Make it very clear what the undesirable behavior is. It is not enough to say, “Your room is messy.” Messy should be specified in terms of exactly what is meant: “You’ve left dirty clothes on the floor, dirty plates on your desk, and your bed is not made.”

> Once you have stated your position and the child attacks that position, do not keep defending yourself. Just restate the position once more and then stop responding to the attacks.

> Look for gradual changes in behavior. Don’t expect too much. Praise behavior that is coming closer to the desired goal.

> Remember that your behavior serves as a model for your children’s behavior.

> If one of you is disciplining a child and the other enters the room, that other person should not step in on the argument in progress.

> Reward desirable behavior as much as possible by verbal praise, touch or something tangible such as a toy, food or money.

> Both of you should have an equal share in the responsibility of discipline as much as possible.


The “3 Fs” of Effective Parenting

Discipline should be:

> Firm: Consequences should be clearly stated and then adhered to when the inappropriate behavior occurs.

> Fair: The punishment should fit the crime. Also, in the case of recurring behavior, consequences should be stated in advance, so the child knows what to expect. Harsh punishment is not necessary. Using a simple Time Out can be effective when it is used consistently every time the behavior occurs. Also, use of reward for a period of time like part of a day or a whole day when no Time Outs or maybe only one Time Out is received.

> Friendly: Use a friendly but firm communication style when letting a children know they have behaved inappropriately and let them know they will receive the “agreed upon” consequence. Encourage them to try to remember what they should do instead to avoid future consequences. Work at “catching them being good” and praise them for appropriate behavior.

posted at Childdevelopmentinfo.com


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