PARENTING: Ingenious discipline methods that TOTALLY work!

12 August 2019
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How can you discipline your child when time-out is wearing thin (for both of you)? If you’ve used up your Supernanny-esque ‘naughty spot’ quota and the usual ‘I’ll count to THREE!’ has zero impact, here are some more creative discipline tactics that might help:

1. Work as a team

“There’s no ‘I’ in team!” Get your kids to do a chore together to learn about working as a team.

2. Parents’ toy collection

You’ve asked you child to tidy their toys away and they are just not listening. Give them a set time in which to complete the task and if there are any toys left on the floor, you get to keep them. They can buy them back with their pocket money or you choose a chore they have to complete to get the toy back.

3. More sleep for bad moods

If you think tiredness could be making your child moody, put them to bed five minutes earlier each night until their behaviour improves.

4. Silly riddles

If your children are squabbling among themselves, get them to tell each other a silly riddle. They will (hopefully!) be amused enough to forget what they were fighting about. Funny faces work well for younger children.

5. Get ungrounded

If you ground your older children, make them earn their freedom by completing chores around the house. For example, tidying up will get them 50 points, washing up after dinner will earn them 35 points, etc. You can set how many points they need to earn depending on their misbehaviour.

6. Parents’ clothes collection

Like with the toy collection above, if your children are always leaving their dirty clothes scattered about their bedroom floor, pick it up and add it to the ‘charity’ pile. If they want it back, they have to pay you for it or do a chore.

7. Make a choice

Have your child choose their own punishment. If they struggle to come up with anything fitting, give them some to choose from. It could be having to do a chore or write a sorry note to a disgruntled sibling, for example.

8. Pocket money deductions

If you give your child a set amount of pocket money each week, deduct some for bad behaviour.

What consequences do you try? Which ones work best for you and your family? We’d love to know how these punishments work for you.


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