Practicing Positive Discipline

Discipline, is often misunderstood as a set of do’s and don’ts. Discipline is rather the cornerstone for understanding values and responsibilities. You can teach your child to behave well by providing love, attention, praise, encouragement and a degree of routine. Instilling a sense of discipline comes over time as children practice the rules and learn what breaking them means. Scroll down for some simple and smart discipline fixes.

Express your love

Positive attention tops the list of parenting tips for toddlers and preschoolers. Make sure your display of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or moments of sternness.. Hugs, kisses and playful tussle, reassure your child of your love. Frequent praise and attention also can motivate your child to follow the rules.

Teach  Children to be Sensitive

Being sensitive is one of the most valuable qualities that can be taught to a yupreschooler. Sensitive children know how to respect, they care for others’ feelings, they understand the value of sharing and all of these will naturally help them become well-mannered and disciplined.

Mind Your Language

Never ever use abusive language in front of your children – it is a strict “no-no.” Even if you catch your kids using any unpleasant words, take a moment and talk to them, tell them not to use the word again and ask them to be sorry as well. Remember to be well-spoken yourself.

Correct Them on-the-S

Spot but Politely

Do not pile up a list of bad manners or undisciplined actions and burst them all at a time. Your kids do not have the power to grab so much information at once. It is always better to rectify them if they have gone wrong right at that moment politely and clear the situation. This is more effective.

Accept your child's Individuality

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child's developing individuality and don't expect him or her to be just like you. While you're likely to notice certain features of your child's temperament, avoid labeling them — which can encourage bad behavior. Instead, nurture your child's personality by finding ways to help him or her feel confident.

Minimize Rules

Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset — which might frustrate him or her — prioritize those geared towards safety first and gradually add rules over time. Make clear what’s expected of the child and what isn’t instead of making rules that are hard to comprehend.

Transition from Preschool to Elementary school

Your child’s growth comes with the bittersweet reminder that ‘time flies by fast’. It probably seems that your child has just adjusted to preschool, and it’s time for another transition. This transition often comes with parents struggling with how and what to do to make it smoother. Here are some tips that can help you prepare your child for smoother transition from preschool to elementary school.
1. Talk to parents fellow parents
You can do this by joining your local parenting community or talking to other parents who have gone through the same phase. Having parents who understand what you are going through, can set your expectations from your child and the new school.
2. Give time to say goodbye
Your little one who was attached with his/her preschool undergoes emotion of separation alongside the pride and joy of graduating. It is the sadness of moving away from their favorite play home, missing their favorite teacher or separating from some of their childhood buddies. Let them have their last get together.
3. Always talk positive about going to school
Ask your child questions like what are you most excited about for your new school? Prompt your child of all the new and exciting things that he/she will do. This way you are making him/her comfortable with the change.
4. Meet with the new school team
Arrange for your child to meet his new teacher before school begins. Introduce your child with his teachers, guardians and help desk administrator. This prior meeting will remove the anxiety of starting the school year with unfamiliar faces.
5. Attend orientation program
When the new school calls for an orientation, go! Orientation programs generally allow children to see their classroom, get acquainted with the teachers and classmates. This is also a good chance to indicate your child the important locations in the new school, say bathrooms, classrooms, the lunch room, the main office, and the nurse’s office.
6. Enroll for before-school program
Before your child begins school, take an opportunity to learn about any before-school activities that may be taking place. These programs allow the child to make new friends and predominantly allows the school to give a foundation to your child about how school works, expected behaviour, routines etc. 
7. Teach routines 
Start a prep routine a few days ahead of the school re-opening. Begin with scheduling early bed times and early bed rise. Setting school uniform, books and other essentials will be a good idea.
8. Questions or concerns
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school before-hand to clarify. You should be well acquainted with school rules and regulations.  And also keep the school informed of your child's needs or allergies. 

9. Establish two way communication 
Ensure that you know the right mode of conversation with the school. Make note of important contact numbers/email address and also drop your contact details at the school for any sort of communication.
10. Grumpiness and tantrums? It will pass
Attending school for longer duration can be a big change for passed out pre-schoolers. It’s common of a child to get fussy and cry about going to school in initial days. It is this time that you have to hold firm and allow the school counsellors help your child settle down in school regardless of your child’s reluctance. Remember, the consistent you are in sending the child to school, the easier the transition!
11. Pat yourself! You’ve put in lot of efforts to get your child to this stage. Take at least a few moments to reflect back on your journey to get your child outshine his first milestone.
Hurrah to your child’s growth and successes!