Effective Discipline Techniques

Preschoolers need to have a sense of order and discipline. The world to them is full of new and intriguing possibilities, so they are eager to explore and tend to be a bit too rambunctious. When they become overzealous and make a poor choice or two, it is imperative to intervene.

A preschool child needs to have effective discipline so that they may learn the lessons they need to be taught for their own safety. Preschool children will not react well to logic and deductive reasoning, so you need to know what does work, and then stick to that regimen.

Clear understanding

Children need to know that the mistakes or poor choices that they have made are not a true reflection on them; rather they need to learn right from wrong. A child should always be left with the knowledge that the parent or teacher is not angry with them, merely unimpressed with their actions.

When doling out punishments and discipline, they should be fair and consistent. Children have a heightened sense of justice. The discipline should be realistic, and should not leave the child with a bad taste in their mouth.

Immediate action

Discipline needs to occur post haste. A child should feel the consequences of their actions or choices immediately. Once a short period has elapsed, the child will suffer from a disconnect to the action. Time does not factor into a preschooler’s thought process.

As soon as something happens that is undesirable, the preschool child should be removed from the situation right away, and appropriate action should take place. This is a very effective discipline technique for this age group.

Remain calm

Parents and teachers should always remain calm when meting out discipline. The preschool child should be able to accept the discipline without any feeling of fear based on the irrational yelling of an adult. Being a calm and compassionate person will help the child to realize that their action is incorrect, but that it is not a catastrophic concern.

Praise positive

Positive praise is always a wonderful tool to use when trying to effectively discipline a preschool child. Children need to feel good about themselves, and this is easily achieved through positive praise. Even in the face of a disciplinarian action, the child should be commended on having done something else properly. Focus on the good, never dwell on the bad. Move forward.

Prior knowledge

Preschool children should be included in the discussion of the expectations for behaviour. The rules of the house or the classroom should be clearly outlined, and agreed upon by the child. If the child knows that a behaviour is bad, they should understand that a consequence is forthcoming.

The child should not be surprised by the discipline; it should be something that they are aware of prior to the behaviour. This is effective because things will seem more rational to them.

Preschool children will do many things during a day that are harmful, unsafe, or rude; the trick is to figure out how to teach them all that they need to know in a friendly tone. Preschoolers should never be made to feel as though they have done something so bad that an adult will be angry with them or may think that they are a bad child.

The adults should always deal with the action only, never deal with the child. Fairness and consistency can go a long way towards effectively dealing with discipline in the preschool setting.