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Consistency is the key to eliminate child behavior problems

Apr 4, 2008
If there is one thing that most parents have issues with regarding child discipline, it is being consistent. It is one of the more difficult child discipline aspects of parenting. If you, as a parent, can get over the initial hurdles to being consistent, there are a number of benefits waiting for you.

Children are free spirits; they hate to be caged in boundaries of rules and regulations. However, as responsible members of society they need to learn the elementary code of behavior. And, it's the duty of parents to reinforce good behavior on a daily basis until it becomes a part of the child's character. It is a daunting task! After all, characters are not built in a day! So, be prepared to put in your best effort to achieve this goal.

The one thing that will help you achieve this is to be consistent in your actions, reactions and speech. If you are consistent, your child knows you mean business and will listen to you. It's best to start and maintain consistency from the beginning. The younger they are the better they will learn. Here are some magic words that might help you get started on the road to providing consistency.

1. Sit down and communicate. This talk should be between parents and involve laying out a planned course of action for establishing child discipline. Take a look at areas where consistency is lacking and develop a plan for establishing consistency.

2. Don't quit half way. The worse thing you can do as a parent when attempting to establish consistency in child discipline is to stop half way. You will have to start over from the beginning just like with any habit-breaking tactic.

3. Flexibility: There are no hard and fast rules of parenting. Parents learn as they go along all the time. So, don't be afraid to change and adapt as the situation demands. Life can't be lived by the book. Make changes in the action plan if you think it is not working.

4. Always try and support each other even if you have differences at times. You can iron out these differences through communication, but not in the presence of your children otherwise they will get confused messages. It is a good idea to have a support system. This can be a close friend, family member or professional who can provide objective parenting tips and view point.

5. Ask for parenting help, if you need it. No one knows everything about parenting. But you can learn by talking to people or reading books.

Being consistent with child discipline isn't easy, but who says life is easy or parenting is easy! However, if you internalize these few catchwords, you will achieve success that will outweigh your initial disappointments.
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