Parents should treat their children the way they would like to be treated themselves. Positive discipline is a general philosophy that helps a child develop a self-directed conscience. inner discipline and compassion for others. Positive discipline is based on a secure, connected, trusting relationship between parents and children.
Discipline should be empathic, loving and respectful, because it is the only one that strengthens the connection between parents and children, while traditional or excessively punitive discipline weakens the connection. Remember that the goal of discipline is to help children to develop self-control and self-discipline, and in no case is it to provide fear.
The dangers of traditional discipline
One of the fundamental dangers of traditional discipline is the fear that is created in children, which is useless and only creates feelings of shame and humiliation.Fear has been shown to lead to an increased risk of antisocial behavior in the future,including delinquency and substance abuse.
There are also studies showing that techniques of traditional discipline that include physical violence such as spanking, can create behavioral and emotional problems. In addition, physical violence teaches children that this type of violence is the only way to solve problems.
Traditional discipline is synonymous with discipline of control or manipulation that breaks the trust between parents and children, damages the emotional bond between them and gradually destroys the relationship, something that will be damaged forever. Traditional discipline will never be a good option, parents need to look Take a look inside yourself and examine your own childhood experiences and how it can affect parenting. Doing this will be a sign of strength and personal growth, if needed help can be sought to be able to practice positive discipline.
Apply another approach to discipline and move on to positive discipline
Positive discipline begins from the birth of children, but it is never too late to start applying it in education. Bonds of trust and bonds are formed when parents consistently and compassionately respond to their children’s needs, and that’s when the foundation for discipline begins.
Positive discipline involves the use of techniques such as prevention, distraction, guiding children and keeping them away from harm, etc. Help your child to explore safely and see the world through their eyes, being empathetic the best tool to learn to develop in the world and to experience the natural consequences of their actions.
It is very important to try to understand what the child’s behavior needs, to know what he is communicating. Children often communicate their feelings through their behavior and therefore it is necessary to understand what it is that they want to tell us with their behavior. It is very important that problems can be solved together in a way that maintains dignity and respect on both sides. Understanding developmentally appropriate behavior for children will help you better understand the needs and children’s temperament.
Children learn by example so it is very important to strive to model positive actions and relationships within the family as well as interactions with others. When parents react violently it will create tension, anger or feelings of pain, something that would damage the relationship between parents and children and take a long time to reconnect emotionally.