Parents Positive Discipline

Discipline is a complex and challenging issue. Use each opportunity as a teaching moment.

  • Do NOT hit children
  • Discipline when you are calm – not when you are angry
  • Separate yourself from the child when you are very upset
  • Model appropriate, safe behaviour; remember children learn by watching and copying adults
  • Show, explain and encourage positive behaviours
  • Talk through problems; try not to raise your voice or use negative language – hurtful words are ineffective
  • Set boundaries and provide clear consequences before a problem occurs; use safe, natural consequences
  • Be consistent, firm and fair
  • Use time-outs
  • Teach children why it’s not okay to break rules
  • Know what to expect from children at different ages
  • Respect and know the uniqueness of your child
  • Remember that healthy discipline takes time and patience.