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Grade SchoolThe Keys to Effective Discipline
Discipline is borne of consistency. Learn how the same message about responsibility and consequences, delivered repeatedly, will drive home your message and help deliver better behavior.
Consistency. Parents and caregivers need to sit down together and come to an agreement about their discipline. Then AGREE TO STICK WITH IT.
Create Consequences. Talk together and decide if any of those rules are broken what the consequence will be? These need to also be clear and set up ahead. For 10 year olds, I think removal of a privilege usually works best. If you can't be respectful in this family, you lose the privilege of watching TV for the day. If you don't finish your homework, you don't go to your friends' home.
Follow Through. Whatever the consequences are .. they must be set ahead of time and agreed upon by all and then the parents MUST FOLLOW THROUGH EVERYTIME on them.
Reinforce Good Behavior. Remember to reinforce her a child's efforts and keep building and nurturing a positive relationship.
Dr. Michele Borba is an educational consultant and author who has conducted parent and teacher seminars to over half a million participants. Her latest book is Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (Jossey Bass Publishers). Information on her publications and seminars can be accessed through her Web site, www.moralintelligence.com . Also, thanks to www.parentingbookmark.com.