How to Discipline Careless Kids without Nagging!

By Jean Tracy, NW Author, Parent Newsletter

Our last blog included 3 common discipline problems. Amy left her new bike in the rain. Jake kept losing his homework, and Jessica lost her lunch money again.  These careless kid problems cause parent problems too. Besides feeling angry, consider the inconvenience to you. You saved and saved for Amy’s bike. Jake’s teacher wants to know if he’s really doing his homework. Jessica expects you to leave work and bring her a hamburger and shake.  If any of these problems fit your family, you have discipline choices. Consider the logical consequences below:

1. When Amy leaves her bike out, don’t talk, act. Wake her. Tell her to clean her bike and bring it inside. Don’t react to her grumbles. Put a lock on her bike and decide how long to keep it locked. Tell Amy. Don’t nag. Be firm.

2. Since Jake keeps losing his homework, tell him he must write (no photocopying) a second copy before TV. Decide how long he will redo his homework in this way. Tell Jake. Don’t nag. Be firm.

3. Since Jessica keeps losing lunch her money, tell her you won’t bring her hamburgers or shakes. From now on she must make her own lunch. No rescuing. No Nagging. Be firm. No child has starved after missing a lunch.

The Careless Kid Conclusion:

If you stay in control and act logically, your kids will trust your words. They’ll suffer the consequences of their actions. They’ll grow into responsible adults. You’ll feel proud of them and of your parenting too.

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By Jean Tracy, NW Author, Parent Newsletter

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