How do you discipline kids???? help me!!

United States
January 25, 2007 11:55pm CST
I have just started working in a after school aide center today and the work involves helping the kids out with homeworks, several classes, workbook activities, making snack for them and getting them to take naps. The problem I've encountered is that during nap time, even with the lights off, some of them just won't go to sleep however you convince them and talk to them nicely, they just go on doing what they like. I do not want to have to yell at them everytime for them to take me seriously, cause I am not like that with kids, and I hate to do that it's just so not me.. But then I feel like they are really a handful and they're really hard to handle.. Do you guys have any suggestions? Or if you have ever taken care of children like day cares, or if you are a teacher maybe you can shed some effective disciplinary techniques.
4 responses
@victorwzj (539)
29 Jan 07
I am not a parent and I am not a expert in this matter but have you try the "bribery technique" ? . If you encounter the same problem again you can use this technique again the children. Promise them candy or chocolate if they "do" go to sleep. it will almost aways* work. Trust me on that, children like candy, chocolate and almost everything that are sweet. if the "bribery technique" doesn't work , use "divide and conquer" technique. Separate him or her from the other classmate, if possible drag "him or her" and put "him or her" under the your table ( I am guessing your table are big compare to the kid table ) . This way the other kid will scare of you and learn to be obedient, if you do not separate them the behavior if the that kid will spread to other kid like a virus. I am guess you familiar with monkey see , monkey do. Children alway imitate what they see , for example if one children making funny faces and the other kid will most likely follow that first kid to make funny faces. This way you only need to deal with one disobedient kid instead of several. Good luck, all the best and I hope this do help you in some ways or at least inspired you.
• United States
29 Jan 07
Bribery, oh yes, I've thought of that too! hahaha! Though I really am not sure if it'll work I have yet to try it and see. hahaha! Tomorrow's my third day, I am actually hoping that as I get to spend more time with them eventually they'll be more obedient or else it's gonna be really stressful for me day by day.. hahah.. but then my second day was better than the first so I'm hopeful!
29 Jan 07
it is important to show your angry face, once the "kids" are familiar with their teacher they will show their dark side. It is hard to control them later. Good luck with that and I am looking forward to the "bribery technique" result. haha
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Discipling someone else's children is alot diffrent then your own. There is no way you can spank or hit someone else children exspeciallyin a daycare situation. I would recomend you to talk to the child and let them know they have to do as you say or else you will have to tell there parents they are not listing and then they will have to discipline them. Bribing is not a good way to discipline your own child or any chid but if they do keep up not listening I would consider talking to the parents of this child and asking them if they need to take a nap and what they would consider you to do when they do not listen to you!! I wouldnt consider any kind of physical hitting or contact!! Hope all the best!! Good Luck!!
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I do not have any intention of hurting any kid too. It's just completely out of my system, I am just hesitant that they won't really take me seriously, I'm 21, so to the kindergarten kids I think I have a certain degree or level of authority but as for the 2nd graders to 5th graders I just don't think they take me seriously. yet. I have to see, tomorrow's my 3rd day so I hope it gets better day by day.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Im not yet a parent and i may also not be an expert when it comes to kids, but maybe you could try to discipline the kids by punishing them. Not in a violent or physical way, but for example, you can "punish" them by letting them do some chores or prohibit them from playing for an hour or do not let them join games or activities for a day. These are some punishments that i think would make a child take you more seriously without really hurting them. Or maybe you could make them do more vigorous activities or exercises so that when nap time comes, they will be too tired to even argue with you and will just go to sleep. In addition,yes,it's true that you shouldnt be too harsh on them, but in order for them to learn and become disciplined, you must sometimes do some measures or ways to let them know what's right from wrong.
@zazhimi (21)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
FIRST,,YOU PRAY THAT EVERYTHING THAT DAY WILL BE OK OR TURNS OK,, JUST ENJOY TO ALL KINDS OF SITUATION ESP DEALING WITH KIDS TALK TO THEM LIKE AN ADULT ALL THIER QUERRIES ANSWER IT,, IF THEY HAVE TANTRUMS, DEAL WITH IT & ACCEPT IT,, JUST SET YOUR MIND THAT THE ACTION YOU DO OR YOUR WORKS TODAY IS ALL ABOUT KIDS..BE HAPPY & ENJOY :)