Today kicks off Babywise Friendly Blog Network Week, where each day one or two of us will be posting on topics that relate to a central theme. This theme for this BFBN week is DISCIPLINE.
Discipline can be an uncomfortable subject to discuss. For some reason this area even more than others seems to incite really strong judgments – no matter how we choose to run our families, there always seem to be commentary from the peanut gallery about how we discipline too much or not enough and how our methods we choose are either effective or futile. I’ll admit that many times I feel uncomfortable discussing discipline with my friends because I worry about how the differences in the way we do things will make them view me.
The fact is, though, that different methods work for different families, and in a safe environment where everyone is working toward the same goal, it benefits us to discuss what we’ve found to work.
That brings me to this week, where each member of the BFBN will be posting on a different aspect of discipline in their home. I hope that we are able to read each mother’s perspective with an open mind, looking for ways in which their suggestions or viewpoint can enhance our own methods of discipline.
We begin with Valerie from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom, who is posting today about how their family disciplines without spanking. Regardless of whether or not your family chooses to spank, her suggestions are right on point.
You need to be consistent in your expectations and in your consequences for breaking those rules. You can’t allow something one day and then flip out the next day when the same thing is done. That makes no sense to a child. Children are excellent observers and scientists. They know how to test things out to see what is okay in life and what isn’t. If you flip flop, you can’t expect them to be straight and narrow.”
Check out the rest of her post here, and come back each day this week for more posts on discipline.
DISCIPLINE DELAY TACTICS
CHRONICLES OF A BABYWISE MOM
DISCPLINE WITHOUT SPANKING
DISCIPLINE AS DISCIPLESHIP
MAMA’S ORGANIZED CHAOS
KNOWING AND TEACHING THE FINAL DESIRED EXPECTATION
BIG FEELINGS: TALKING THROUGH TANTRUMS WITH YOUR CHILD
JOURNEY OF PARENTHOOD
WHEN IGNORING IS A BENEFICIAL PARENTING TOOL
LET’S BE BRAVE
DISCIPLINE IN FOSTER CARE