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5 Discipline Hacks From Pinterest
Thinking of discipline theory, someone with an MD or PhD at the end of their name probably comes to mind. In some cases a credentialed expert is needed, but with most kids, you don’t need to have a formal education to be able to implement good discipline techniques.
Do It Yourself (DIY) discipline is probably not in your top ten things to search on a site like Pinterest, but there are some really good suggestions listed.
I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised. Pinterest is all about taking things you once thought of and realizing that other people are like-minded and have made them real.
Check out 5 Discipline Hacks from Pinterest that you can start using today:
1) Time out chair.
This is a tactic I’ve seen used time and again.
Older generations told a kid to stand in a corner, but now a seat serves the same purpose.
I really like this version because there is a timer. My six year old and three year old both respond well to the concept of time increments. My philosophy is that if you start kids with a technique like this young, you can get them to follow your time out chair plan up into age 7-8.
2) 10 positive ways to discipline:
I’m still in awe of people who have mastered disciplining without being negative. I think it’s a talent to be able to turn anger about a situation (which is usually what I feel when the kids are going crazy around the house), and turning it into productive conversations.
Bootsie’s karate teacher is great example of this talent. He always seems to be able to work his message about standing still or pay attention to the teacher in a positive manner. Yes, he disciplines, and he lets them know when they are messing up, but he gives it a spin and reminds them about respect which is a HUGE part of the karate mantra.
3) Six ways to get your kids to listen without yelling:
I’ve heard people using a whisper technique when upset with a child to give them something to stop and try to listen to. I don’t know that I could go that far, but there has to be something better than yelling.
Personally, I will admit that I really need to stop yelling.
As much as it feels to scream out my frustrated feelings, the damage those words is real.
There is help out there though. Like this list, or even I even went as far as to join a Facebook group to vent a few months ago and learn with other yelling moms.
4) Simple ways to teach your kid self-control:
Bootsie’s karate teacher talked to the class of 3.5 to 6 year olds last week about self control. He did a great job of telling them why they should work on self control not just that they should use it. Even at a young age, knowing WHY something should be done instead of using the “because I told you so” answer seems to work well.
5) Penny reward system:
Bootsie’s kindergarten teacher used this method and it worked great! Kids earn and lose pennies for behavior in the classroom. Its a tangible and immediate way for kids to physically see the fruits of their hard work.
Personally I’ve seen this work at the Kindergarten level. I’m not sure how useful it would be for older children. For a 5-6 year old, buying things from the class store at the end of each week is exciting news. Not so much for older children.
Whatever system is in place, all ages need immediate consequences for both positive and negative actions.
What types of discipline systems do you use at your house? What types of systems are used in your children’s classrooms? Have you tried any of the ones used in school at home?