The book I am currently reading is titled “Positive Discipline” by Nelsen, Erwin and Duffy. So far, I am really enjoying the book. What I like the most about it is all the creative ways you can positively discipline your child that will help him/her with reasoning and problem solving skills. Their focus is that discipline should be used as a means “to teach.” The most recent lesson was on helping your child recognize and manage feelings. Here are some tips:
- Ask your child what he or she notices happening to his/her body when they get really angry (i.e. face gets hot)
- Ask your child to talk through rather than act out how they are feeling.
- Invite your child to draw a picture of how they are feeling.
- Provide an acceptable way to deal w/anger (i.e. get some play-dough and allow the child to pound it out flat on a table).
- Invite the child to take a cooling off break (fill a basket w/soothing items like a koosh ball or stuffed animals) before acting on their strong emotions.
- Let the child have the last word – don’t try to fix their feelings.
As my eldest is right at the two-year-old mark, I’m sure I will find these tips very helpful. I pray that they are helpful for anyone looking for ideas on teaching their children.
In His Grip,
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