Discipline That Works
Physically disciplining your child by spanking or hitting is not effective. The following methods may be used instead:
- Distraction. Try to redirect your child's attention.
- Providing immediate and logical consequences for behavior.
- Offering choices. Point out unacceptable behavior and offer an alternative.
- Time outs. Use time-outs to help your child cool down.
- Sticker charts. Encourage positive new habits and stop hard-to-break ones with a sticker chart.
- House rules. Agree on rules and discipline as a family.
- Waiting until you are calm to discipline your child.
Remember that your child learns by watching you. Be a good model and manage your anger. Pay attention to your body and signs of growing anger. Cool down by exercising, taking deep breaths, walking away; talking to a partner, friend or relative; or by writing down your feelings.
Our hospital's staff does not condone negative parenting behaviors, including:
- Using angry language with your child
- Other forms of corporal punishment
For more information, contact Family Services Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 312.227.3934.