Developing self-control and discipline is one of the prime tasks of early childhood, for which parents can help the children a great deal. Although there is no training given in this field, the parents can follow some basic principles while raising children in an attempt to build a strong character in them. A child brought up with proper discipline and character from early on will be capable of facing the life’s challenges later on.
Following are some tips for parents to discipline and character building in children:
Make Discipline and Character Building a High Priority
Parents are supposed to envision your children as prospective adults in the making and what type of character you want to see them in adulthood. Instead of indulging them in all their wants and needs, it is advisable to focus on generosity and responsibility right from early childhood.
Maintain Parental Authority
Parents need to remain as authoritative elders to your children and should not allow disrespectful behaviour or speech by children. At the same time it is also significant to explain the reasons behind your demands and set certain standards regarding their behaviour.
Communicate your Love to them
It is important to communicate with your children with a deliberate effort from your part. If parents cannot communicate their feelings to the children, they will not be able to interconnect with others as adults.
Teach Positive Response and Self-Control by Example
Parents need to be role models to children while teaching them to react positively to various life situations instead of being aggressive or passive in reactions. This will help them later when they need to follow instructions which are not of their preferred choices. Self-control is another aspect which need to be appreciated in children and as parents, you need to advise them on areas to work on as well.
Encourage and Congratulate
You need to encourage your children to take part in activities including sports, music lessons, cleaning the room or play area and a host of such activities which can help build self-discipline. When your child achieves something or get a reward small or big, congratulate him or her profusely, while emphasising the significance of internal rewards.
Make Routines and Habits of Good Character
Many of the family chores, morning duties and schedules are excellent opportunities for children to practice self-discipline and responsibility. This will help to instil the important virtue of responsibility of being righteous even while no one is watching.
Self-discipline and good character are the basic qualities that help children to become responsible and successful adults.