At what age should we discipline our kids?

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (8 posts)
  1. Fhrecel profile image60
    Fhrecelposted 4 years ago

    At what age should we discipline our kids?

  2. askformore lm profile image65
    askformore lmposted 4 years ago

    It really depends on what you mean by "discipline our kids".
    Discipline is many things. One of the first things is to eat properly. However, the "discipline teaching" should NOT be  performed in such a way that the child gets eating disorder.
    Wrong (e.g. too strict) discipline will merely harm the child for life.
    So my answer, to your question "at what age", is that it should begin VERY EARLY, but it should be a teaching relevant to the age of the kid.
    When the kid is a teenager, the it is hopefully other issues than eating that you focus on.

  3. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 4 years ago

    As at age four onwards, they should understand

  4. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    Discipline can start as young as 6 months. Discipline doesn't need to be mean. It can be as simple as not giving back a rattle that an infant keeps throwing from the high chair because they think it is funny mom will pick it up 30 times. Simply not giving the rattle back is a form of teaching or discipline.
    The earlier you teach actions have reactions the better.

  5. Daniella Lopez profile image92
    Daniella Lopezposted 4 years ago

    Discipline is one of those words that means so many different things. For some people, it means spanking their children. I am completely against spanking. Spanking is just physical abuse; plain and simple.

    As far as other forms of discipline are concerned, I really don't think you ever have to truly "discipline" a child. Children mimic what they see. Of course, they're going to push boundaries sometimes. When they're pushing boundaries too far, then that is the time to lay out very gentle rules for them to follow. Otherwise, children learn discipline by watching you practice self-discipline.

    Be the type of person you want your children to be. That is the best way for them to learn.

  6. Aime F profile image82
    Aime Fposted 4 years ago

    Discipline to me suggests punishment which I don't really think is appropriate for young children who don't have a real grasp on right and wrong.

    I use mostly natural consequences with my toddler and it works pretty well. I try to talk to her about things rather than just punish her for them. I want her to do things (or not do things) because she knows they're right/wrong, not because she's afraid of being punished.

    But that's just my philosophy for now, I've never raised an older child, so I know my methods could change if she doesn't respond to them as she grows. One thing I will never do, however, is physical punishment. It goes against every instinct I have and I think it's lazy parenting if used regularly.

  7. Kerry Gleeson profile image59
    Kerry Gleesonposted 4 years ago

    The definition of discipline is to train someone to follow rules, usually with rewards and punishments. As an educator and mother, discipline to me means teaching someone to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. It involves teaching the child to have self discipline. When children are very young that is a big goal. When a child is old enough to understand what the word "No." means, you can begin teaching them to do the right thing. Usually 18-24 months of age. However, punishment and reward is not usually the way to go with a child this young. I found with my own children, distraction worked better. If they are doing something they shouldn't because it's not safe, remove them from the situation or give them something else to focus on. If there is something you don't want the child playing with, then put it out of their reach. Why create a battle when you can just avoid the battle?
    Time out still works great once the child is old enough. Usually around 4 years of age. They should only spend 1 minute per year of age so about 4 minutes for a 4 year old. They should be told why they are there, "To think about what they did and what a better choice would have been.", they need to stay in the designated place and remain quiet the entire time. If they are screaming and yelling or getting out of the spot, the timer does not start until they comply. Do not engage them in any way. Do not yell or argue with them. Their goal (whether they know it or not) is to get attention from you, if you begin yelling or negotiating you have lost control of the situation. Walk away. Once it's over, calmly discuss what they did, what they should do next time and move on. Don't force them to apologize if they are not really sorry. Asking them to apologize when they are not sorry is teaching them to lie. 
    I'm not a fan of spanking. Having said that, I am not going to say it should never be done. As a parent, and a teacher, I know there are a few situations where it may be beneficial to the child. Spanking is NOT beating. It shouldn't  leave marks or break the skin. It shouldn't  be excessive in duration and things like straps should not be used. A spanking should never be done in public or to embarrass the child. It should be a few (1-5 swats) on the bottom, when behavior is dangerous or other methods have failed. Never before age 4 and not because you are angry. It should also be done on the spot when possible. Immediate consequences are best.

  8. chaitanyasaivb profile image73
    chaitanyasaivbposted 4 years ago

    It depends upon the psychological behavior of our kids. Because, We must realize the acts done by our kids, everyday. If they start doing something wrong, then, we must make them, to do good. After they starting things, about this world, Its better to explain them, why we have to do good, and how we have to do a thing in a correct manner.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)