5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work

| October 8, 2019 | 7 Comments

5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work

Many families today find that traditional discipline tips don’t work for them. This is when thinking outside the box can go a long way toward finding a method that works for your family’s needs.

Here are some ideas that you might want to consider.

5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work
Woman communicating with a girl.

1.Learn to communicate well

Communicating well with your children about discipline and what you expect from them is very important. Some parents also decide to let their children help them create responsibility and consequence lists so the child plays a direct role in deciding what their discipline will be.

2.Stay consistent

It’s also very important that you remain consistent. Some will say this consistency is even more important than the discipline you choose. Your children need to know what they can expect from you and for their behaviours and actions.

3.Fit the punishment to the crime

Some parents like to choose discipline that fits the mistake the child has committed. For example, instead of a time out or taking away privileges, they will do something directly related to what they did wrong. If they broke something that belongs to someone else, they fix it or work off the cost to replace it.

5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work
Child given a choice of path

4.Give choices

Giving your child choices in life makes them feel like they have more power. Instead of saying, “Eat your veggies!” You might say, “Do you want carrots or broccoli?” This still results in your child having vegetables but it puts the power in their hands.

5.Model good behaviour

This isn’t really a non-traditional concept as all parents should be modeling good behaviour for their children, but when considered as a form of discipline, it might not be the status quo. That said, this is a great way to set the stage for what you expect from your children.

5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work
5 Non-Traditional Discipline Tips that Really Work

Do you have any non-traditional discipline tips you would like to share? Comment below!

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  1. Shirley P says:

    I always like to give choices with everything Do you want to go to bed now or in half an hour

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I believe the most important thing is to be consistent with a child. For example, a child will keep pleading in the hopes you change your mind, don’t give in otherwise the child learns that persistence works and they get what they want. No, must mean no.

  3. Calvin says:

    Some times unconventional ways work well and better. It really is subjective.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Communication is a big part of having a good relationship with kids. When they’re angry they can’t hear you so just give them a big hug and tell them you love them. I remember playing catch with my siblings and running backwards to catch the ball, tripping over the edge of mum’s cold-frame, breaking through the glass, just laying there and being petrified of what she’d say. However she just came, helped me up and hugged me (there was no blood). I remember asking if she was angry with me and she said ‘no it was an accident and fortunately you didn’t get hurt.’

  5. micheline says:

    Giving choices is so important and will make your life so much easier. There is always a choice they can make.

  6. Carole D says:

    I like unconventional way, letting them make choice! So important for them to become independent and they will have to make choice all their lives.

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