Disciplining your preschooler can sound like a daunting task. Your child is learning about themselves and their feelings, which makes discipline a hard thing! However, taking the steps to begin disciplining your child now will set a good foundation for growing into a responsible and mature grade-schooler. Check out our tips below to aid in your discipline journey!
Say Yes When You Can
Try to tell your preschooler ‘yes’ whenever you can. While your child wearing cowboy boots every day isn’t ideal, it isn’t hurting anything. Our preschoolers are at an age where they hear ‘no’ a lot, so try to save those for matters that affect their safety, health, and wellbeing.
If you have given your child an answer about something, stick with it! Not only does it set a good example for your child of sticking to your word, but it also shows your child that if they ask for something and the answer is ‘no,’ the answer will still be ‘no’ even if they throw a tantrum.
Help Them Cope With Emotions
Keep in mind that preschoolers have big emotions they haven’t learned to understand or cope with yet. To help them learn these emotional coping skills, stay calm while they experience intense emotions, give them what they need, and demonstrate healthy coping skills like taking a deep breath, counting to 10, or asking for help.
Use Appropriate Consequences
Using relevant and logical consequences helps your child build a connection between their actions and the punishment. Instead of always using time out as a punishment, use one such as cleaning up their room when they dump a big box of toys out when they are upset. They will begin to learn that if they make a mess, they have to clean it up!
These suggestions will help as you navigate the tricky waters of disciplining a preschooler! Remember that while it might be painful now, it will pay off when you raise a preschooler who is patient, respectful, and a good friend to others!
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