Understanding Kids' Discipline (or at Least Trying To!)
Nobody likes to be the bad guy, but when it comes to disciplining a child, it's important to be firm and consistent. After all, if parents don't stick to the rules, their kids aren't likely to either.
It may be hard to believe, but when your kid is throwing a tantrum or begging you to let them watch more TV, they are looking to you for limits and rules.
But remember to choose your battle wisely. In other words, don't pick on every little thing your kids do wrong! Decide what really matters to you and your partner and let the rest go.
The most important thing about child discipline is to create clear consequences for bad behavior and follow through consistently (without backpedaling or negotiating!).
It's also important that you and your spouse are on the same side when it comes to discipline. If kids sense that parents disagree, they're likely to try to take advantage of the situation ("Well, dad lets me do that!").
The main idea is to teach your kid to make good decisions the next time rather than to simply punish. Hopefully, next time, they'll think twice before chopping off their little sister's pony tail!