disciplining a child

Philippines
June 15, 2008 9:47am CST
when and how do you start disciplining children? i want to raise my daughter right and i just want to know if i'm on the right track.
4 responses
@jashley1 (746)
• United States
18 Jun 08
You need to discipline a child early and it's really about you setting guidelines for behavior and being consistent with discipline. Make sure that your no means no and yes means yes. It's all about not dropping the ball. Communicate with your daughter all the time..when she does something wrong, let her know that was not ok, and when she does something right be sure to give her positive praise. She will learn what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. There are many different tactics to discipline and every child is different. Just make sure no matter what you are consistent and give your child lots of love. You'll do great!
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
This is exactly how i want to do it. And I want her also to understand why some things just can't be. I don't want her to just follow what I say but also to understand the reason behind things so that she would not not do things out of fear but out of knowing that it is not right.
@Ravenladyj (22919)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I started to get on my kids as soon as they were mobile on their own...Once they started crawling and getting into things I put "disciplining" into action...Keep in mind though that as smallT said in the first post, disciplining ISNT just spanking or putting a child in time out etc...Its about teaching them "no, dont touch" etc etc....
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
will keep that in mind...thanks
@smallT (376)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Discipline is more than spanking. When you say "No", or give a certain look, or punish by taking a toy or activity away is also discipline. A tap on the hand and a stern look is sufficient for a toddler who is touching something that they shouldn't be touching. Discipline is very important when training children and should be done with love. Children have to have boundaries and learn how to respect other people and property. Never hit your child when you are angry. You could place the child in time-out for a few minutes which will give you a chance to calm down. On the whole children want to please their parents and crave for their parent's attention. By the way, how old is your daughter?
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
my daughter is 1 and a half years old. she's not difficult to handle unlike other kids i know. but i just want to be sure i'm doing the right thing. thanks for your response.
21 Jun 08
Uhm, discipline??? lol I thnk just as soon as she starts saying mama! lol.. it's all relative really... Just as long as you shower your children with love and u treat them with respect, I reckon she'll get the picture...