In the absence of a universal parenting handbook, parents have to devise their own ways of disciplining children.Although this is quite a task for parents, doing it the right way is even more challenging. It also helps to have a ready sense of humor, a whole lot of love, and an enormous supply of patience. Then, on top of all that, there are times you need to mix in creative consequences. There are many pathways in disciplining; Ii is important to choose one that empowers both parent and child they will certainly make the ride a lot smoother. The 4 creative ways are;
1. The time out or the time in
Most children like to throw fits especially if you ask them to do something. Saying no to your children will disappoint them momentarily, but they’ll get over that. Tell your child to go to her room to continue her fit. She isn’t allowed to come out and she has to keep crying for 10 minutes. If the time out does not work, try the time in, this can be accomplished by sending your child to a designated spot where he must complete a task that has a definite beginning and end for say 15 minutes. In those 15 minutes they can invest their energy in a positive way by playing chess or doing math or reading a novel.
2. Try turning bad to good, cries to laughs
No one wants to be bad, and it is disheartening to see children who are siblings always quarrelling. They have to get along. You have the option of using the get along t shirt technique. You buy a big t shirt and every time they quarrel, you make them wear the t shirt for 15 minutes and take photos for memories sake. Other families use the window washing technique:,The fighters are placed on opposite sides of a sliding glass door or window and told to clean it. They can’t help making faces at each other and soon begin to laugh. Another trick we heard is to have kids hug each other for several minutes. It’s hard to stay mad at someone who’s hugging you.
3. Take it away.
No child wants you to take away their toys and video games and if they misbehave, you can take away their favorite things. Once you know what it is you can use it as a form of discipline, by taking away what they value if they don’t follow the rules. However, for each infraction, they must go to bed five minutes earlier, but if they’ve been good, they can earn the right to stay up an extra five minutes.
4. Explore their creativity
Some children like to run away from mathematical problems as they think they cannot do them because they are not good in math. So if they have homework on simple addition and subtraction and are finding it tiresome to work it out encourage them have your child talk through math problems out loud, encompass their toy and build a story around it, this will make them understand better and love math.
With these ways, your children will not even notice that you are disciplining them because they are not only creative but fun. Happy parenting.