Have you ever yelled at your child for something small like spilling a glass of juice? Don’t worry if you have, your not the only parent that has done this. Sometimes you explode at your kids for doing something small that you wish you had not. Bad days happen and everyone makes mistakes. There are times that every parent needs to stop and count to ten, before reacting. Last thing you want to do is punish your child for something that you could have just be able to talk to them about. Do your punishments fit your child’s crime?
Every child is different, therefore, punishments for each child and/or crime will most likely be different. Don’t let books, TV, friends, or family members tell you how your child should be punished. Those are great place to get ideas for dealing with issue, but just because it worked for some one else does not make it right for your child. There are many factors to look at when deciding on a punishment. Such as ….
AGE… Is your child old enough to know what they did was wrong, before doing it.?
RECORD… Does you child break this rule or others often? Or is this the first time they have broken a rule?
CRIME… Is what your child did something small or large when you look at the grand scheme of things?
WHY… Why did you child do it? Was it an accident or did they mean to do it?
Take those four things in to consideration when you decide on your child’s punishment. If your child is in the younger years then remember they are still learning. If your child is old enough to know better then feel free to send them to there room while you think about the right punishment if you need to. Don’t be afraid to make different punishments for each child. One child may not mind missing out on TV time while the other will thing they are going to die without it.