How to Raise a Self-Disciplined Child
Every parent would like to think their child is a wonderful little angel when they aren’t around. Unfortunately, that is not always true. Sometimes children who are not taught to be self-disciplined tend to go a little “hog wild” when they aren’t under parental supervision.
What then, you are probably wondering, is the solution to this issue? How can a parent be sure their child is making wise choices and decisions without the input of a parent? I am going to share two important points that will hopefully show you how you can teach your child to be a self-disciplined person.
Guide Them In Making Decisions
Many parents tend to shelter their children to the extent that they make all decisions for them. Your children need to learn how to make decisions on their own. Otherwise, when you aren’t around, they will be forced to make decisions that could be potentially harmful for them.
At some point, you have to learn to let go of your children and allow them to make some decisions on their own. Instead of telling them what to do, talk about the situation with them and offer them several solutions, then let them make that decision.
Teach Them To Have Restraint
In addition to making wise choices in life, your child needs to learn how to have restraint. As adults, we know that there will be times throughout your child’s lifetime that will create stressful situations. During those rough times, your child needs to know how to possess the power of restraint.
During grade school years, children are commonly faced with bullies in school, or those who pick on the seemingly weaker children. If your child happens to be on the wrong end of one of such settings, how will he/she handle himself/herself? On the contrast, if your child’s friends are on the giving end of such behavior, will your child join in the taunts and bullying? Teaching your children to have control their attitudes, thoughts, and actions, is an extremely important lesson.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks