3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline

3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline

One of the toughest parts of being a parent is discipline. While some parents handle discipline better than others, and some children take to it better than others, we all face challenges. If you want your children to respond well to discipline, you need to teach them to respect it.

3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline
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Here are three tips to teach children to respect discipline:

1.Explain the importance of discipline

Rather than taking a “do as I say” approach, take the time to explain and show why discipline is important to a healthy life. This includes the importance of self-discipline. Your children need to learn how to do the right thing even when you’re not around to tell them what to do.

2.Teach how discipline gives control

Often children don’t respect discipline because they feel like it strips them of their power. If you take the time to show how discipline actually gives way to control and eases the chaos of life, your child will have a different perspective. You can teach them to respect discipline by understanding how it clears the chaos of the world.

3.Show how it keeps them healthy

A disciplined person will do things that keep them healthy in life such as exercising, eating better, going to bed on time, and avoiding bad habits. When your children understand that discipline helps create a happier and healthier life, they will have more respect for it in their own lives.

Now that you have these tips to help guide your way, remember that every child is different and every situation is different. You know your child better than anyone else and you are the best judge of their capabilities and maturity. Use this as your guide to help teach them respect for discipline in life. 

3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline
3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline

Do you have other tips to teach children to respect discipline that you would like to share? Please write them in the comment below!

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  1. I like the idea of using how discipline teaches control. Showing a child how it empowers them will definitely help them to open up to the idea.

  2. My eldest is very reasonable, and we found that from a very young age we could explain why she needed to do something or wasn’t allowed to do it, and she would (usually) understand.

  3. Sometimes it seems to be easy, other times hard. I find that we have to be consistent and then we have far fewer problems.


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