To Discipline Means to Teach
Janet Ray M. Ed
What discipline is: Discipline is a strong, effective way to teach . . .
What discipline is not: Discipline is not punishment. Punishment may . . .
What’s important to remember:
Here’s the secret of teaching a toddler. Help the toddler want to do what you want him to! F or example, say, "I’ll bet you’re strong enough to carry your plate to the sink!" . Teaching a toddler with love and respect will earn you two rewards:
Make your house safe for your toddler. She is curious and will taste and touch everything she sees. Move things out of reach if they are dangerous or can be broken. That way you won’t have to fuss or say "No!"
Distract your child from something you don’t want him to do. For example, if he starts to chew on a crayon, give him a toy or cracker instead.
Praise your toddler again and again for doing something right. For example, "You’re growing up! You put the jelly in your mouth instead of your hair!"
Use "Do" rules so your toddler can learn what to do instead of what not to do. For example, "Please use your indoor voice," instead of "Don’t yell in the house."
Set routines for meals, bed time and bath time. Toddlers behave better when they know what to expect.
Make sure your correction fits the situation. For example, if your child draws on the wall, take away her crayons for a while – and help her clean the wall.
- Janet Ray, M. Ed. Reprinted with the permission of zerotofive.org