Top Tips On Positive Discipline For Your Preschooler

If you're like most moms, the thought of your preschooler engaging in any kind of negative behavior makes your heart race. You worry about how to set boundaries without damaging their developing sense of self. You want your child to be healthy, happy, and successful, and because you care so much about your little one, discipline may seem like an exhausting and frustrating task.

What do you do when you have situations to where you have tried everything and your child still won’t eat their veggies, hits another child or throws a tantrum?

Try to be patient with the learning process and taking a deep breath in the situation can help! Teaching your child good behavior takes time and practice. Every child develops at their own pace.

Here are some tips on positive discipline for your preschooler. The best part? They work for toddlers too!

Try practicing age appropriate discipline

"Misbehaviors" or "acting out" as we may call them, are most likely normal behaviors for early childhood.

  • When your child is between the ages 3-5, it's a great time to introduce easy chores like putting their toys away. Start setting rules that you want your child to follow, but just be sure to communicate to them what the consequences will be if they break them.

  • Right around the age of 2, your child will be doing things to see how your will react by testing you. Practice giving positive feedback for positive behavior. Also, practice distracting your child when they are attempting to do something dangerous with another exciting activity.

Discipline is teaching important life skills

Try changing your perspective on discipline. See discipline as a form of teaching your child important life skills. Don't associate punishment with discipline.

  • Being a good role model is very important when teaching your child what is right and wrong. Children are like sponges and are more aware of our behaviors than we might think. Show them what is appropriate behavior and what is not.

  • Try telling them what "to do" more often rather than what "not to do." A good example of this would be telling them to "be nice", and "be gentle" versus "don't hit."

  • Praising their good behavior is another good example of positive discipline. Focusing on the good behaviors they do and giving them praise will encourage your child to do it more. For example, when you catch your child doing something good like putting their toy away when they are done with it, Say "Good Job!"

Positive discipline is a great way to help guide your preschooler without resorting to punishments. These tips will help you get started on using positive discipline in your home. Remember, patience is the key when working with young children, as they each develop at their own pace.

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