Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time Outs

Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time Outs

Alternatives to Punishment, Help By Age & Stage, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
If you have read about the benefits of skipping time out in favor of other ways to guide children but are not sure where to start, here are twelve alternatives to time out  that give parents and children a chance to address choices and situations with the intention to offer guidance while maintaining a positive, respectful and peaceful connection. These alternatives are mostly geared towards children aged 1 to 6 years but also work well beyond that too.  1.  Take a break together: The key is to do this together and before things get out of hand. So, if your child is having a difficult time or making unsafe choices like hitting a playmate, find a quiet space to take a break together. Just five minutes of connection, listening to what your child…
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Parents Can Always Choose an Alternative to Spanking

Parenting
April 30th is National Spank Out Day.  Since this site is dedicated to providing positive, peaceful, playful and non punitive  information for families to grow together and thrive today I'm sharing some thoughts on why Spanking does not need to be a parenting tool. The true aim of parental discipline is to teach and guide a child and show them what is right and what is wrong.  When we hurt our children by spanking them, we are not modeling positive ways to handle challenges or difficult emotions. No matter the situation, I believe as parents we can always choose an alternative to spanking. Although most parents will reach a point of exasperation, feel at a loss of what to do, or simply follow what they experienced as a child, there truly…
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Three Real Alternatives to Spanking

Alternatives to Punishment, Parenting
Last week I read an article in Healthland/Time about Parents Spanking Their Kids. Very honestly, I did not find it surprising to read about parents that admit to using corporal punishment because I am very aware that it happens, across all socio- economic levels and different cultures.I do however find it unfortunate both for the children and parents. As the article states: Children who are spanked occasionally are not thought to be significantly impacted later on, but those who are spanked regularly are more likely to have behavior problems that may escalate into antisocial behavior. They may also be at greater risk for anxiety disorders or depression and ultimately may be more likely to engage in domestic violence and child abuse as adults. So parents displaying aggression and violence lead…
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