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Discipline yourself before disciplining your child
Published: February 20, 2015


Children thrive on rhythm and predictability.  They understand the processes much better when they are involved in the conversation and help to create personal routine charts.  This valuable tool fosters his or her independence while building problem solving skills, executive functioning skills, and confidence.  What is your morning routine and bedtime routine like?  Is it filled with power struggles, whining, tantrums, “reminding” or asking a million times?  Join me to bring the philosophies of Montessori and Positive Discipline into your lives to create an optimal learning and living environment for you and your family. 

Each month I will provide you with valuable insight on your child’s development and Montessori and Positive Discipline skills to give you more confidence and guidance in your parenting or teaching.  We first need to understand our child’s or student’s developmental abilities before we expect things from them that they are not yet capable of doing.  However, we also need to stop “doing” for our children that they can do for themselves.  What your child is saying to you from the ages of 18 months to 7 years is “Help me to do it myself”, your job as a parent is to provide that balance of helping and encouraging your child to build self-discipline instead of enabling your child to develop beliefs that he or she is not capable.  We might hinder the development of their “disappointment muscles” if we are always saving our child instead of validating their feelings.

Our children are learning through imitation during the time from birth to age seven, role modeling positive behavior and communication skills is imperative in this very important developmental time. Your child’s brain is 85% developed by the time they are three years old and their personality and work habits are formed by the age of six.  What is our behavior like in front of our children?  What qualities and characteristics do you want your child to have at the end of their developmental timeline? 

Wow, we have an important job!  Definitely one of my hardest jobs (and I've had some good onesJ).  I am going to be more conscious of my actions and reactions in front of my children this month.  I am going to model kindness and generosity.  I am going to be better about sticking to a routine and developing a positive rhythm in the morning and at night.  I might even start setting my alarm instead of relying on my 7 month old to control my sleeping.  I've got a lot to do.

Want to join me?  What are you going to work on this month to be a more positive role model for your child or students?
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