Why Discipline? Is it Really Necessary?

discipline

Do you discipline your children? No parent that I know likes the whole discipline part of parenting. Not ONE! None of them are waiting, sneaking around and peering from behind corners to catch their children doing something wrong so they can discipline them. I’m fairly confident that my own mother didn’t even do that, and she was what was considered a disciplinarian even in those days. Some of her techniques were highly questionable, and for my sister, to this day, she hates the way my mom disciplined us. I, on the other hand, was okay with it even though it was the same technique.

From experience I can tell you that consistency will be your best attribute. Know what is acceptable and what isn’t; let your children know, and then follow through with appropriate discipline or punishment. Whatever the discipline is; it should be communicated, and the child should be given a choice as to choosing to improve or not, and if they don’t you have to be prepared to follow through with the before discussed discipline.

I hate needing to set boundaries for the children I babysit because I know that I will have to follow through with a disciplinary action that I said I would. I don’t want to take away their blankee, their favorite stuffed animal, make them stay in there room for a certain amount of time, or lose entertainment privileges. I hate it; BUT on the other hand if I don’t then there is nothing but mayhem, and no one around is enjoying themselves.

Choose the discipline parenting technique that suits you the best; not the easiest the BEST! Children need boundaries, and consequences because that is real life. You don’t get to work on time every day….consequence is: you lose your job, spend too much money shopping….consequence: you either don’t have enough money for rent/food OR you get bad credit. These are reasons that we need to help our children with learning consequences based on their choices at a very early age. Loving them through discipline is the BEST thing we can ever do for our children to prepare them for the real world outside.

MORE ARTICLES

Babysitting and Discipline

If parents refuse to set a discipline routine for their kids, including consequences when boundaries are broken then you might be one of “those” families that have a hard time securing babysitters,

read more
Frightening Tweens and Teens! BOO!

Frightening Tweens and Teens! BOO!

These will be some of the hardest parenting years of your life. You will go back to when they were infants and you didn’t sleep much. You will be worried far more than you did when they were safe at home with you,

read more
When Dads Stay Home

When Dads Stay Home

“I’ve run into burning buildings as a New York City firefighter, pulled swimmers from 40-foot waves as a big-wave surf rescuer, and taught Navy SEALs how to maneuver watercraft in open ocean. Even so, I will tell you that being a stay-at-home dad is an intense job.”…” I’m not doing mom stuff-I’m raising my kids…I get irritated when friends announce that their husbands are home ‘babysitting.’ They’re not! They’re caring for their kids.

read more
Family & Child Care Resources

Family & Child Care Resources

Join our monthly newsletter for resources ranging from child development, recreational ideas and family matters.

You have Successfully Subscribed!