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Focus on good behaviour as this is the behavior you want your child to repeat, so always praise him for his good behaviour.
Redirecting / distracting
Draw their attention to a better way of doing something, or simply distract them from the unwanted behaviour.
Explain what you want your child to do and why, and explain the consequences if he doesn't listen. Often, if you tell your child 'you will do this' without a good reason, they will dig their heels in.
Most methods recommend one minute per year of child. Choose a 'boring' area, for example facing the wall or the door, and refer to it as the 'be good' corner or the 'be good' chair as you want to reinforce positivity.
This starts teaching your child responsibility and consequences to his actions. Set clear, specific goals.
Instead of telling your child to go and brush his teeth, say 'you have a choice. You can choose to brush your teeth in your bathroom or you can choose to brush your teeth in our bathroom, what do you choose?' He will feel empowered and because he made the choice he will follow through.
Withhold privileges or things they enjoy
You need to find the trigger that will make him sit up and take notice. For example, allowing him to watch only 5 minutes of TV may have more impact than not allowing him to watch TV at all.
If you find you are constantly repeating yourself, stop! Take back the control by taking your child by his hand, face each other, look into his eyes and ensure you have his full attention, and then ask him to do something. By asking him while he is playing or running past you, you are setting yourself up for failure.
All children are different and react differently to various discipline techniques. You need to find what works for that particular child.
Being loving and caring yet firm when you discipline doesn't mean you love your child any less, it means you want what is best for your child and ultimately the whole family.
Article originally published on Parent24