Discipline is really self-discipline; it begins with self-regulation, then self-control and ultimately self-discipline.
A young child cannot yet regulate his own basic needs and emotions. Parents are the children’s first ‘regulator and instructor’. Self-discipline therefore starts with the adult regulating his/her own impulses, controlling his/her own behaviour, paying attention to the child and what is happening, and responding to the situation.
Practical clues to help children develop self discipline:
- Take time to assess the situation
- Keep your own emotions under control
- Be aware of the childs emotions
- Deal with the issue, the problem, at hand
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