Smacking? ABSOLUTELY NOT, never. I'm finding it hard to believe that there are still some MPs who think it's okay to smack a child in order to discipline them!
Not only is this morally wrong, on so many levels, but it's totally unnecessary. I'd be happy to hear from you if you think differently, but I'm going to do a series of blogs which will give tips for handling a child's difficult behaviour AND help them to become confident and willing to co-operate.
Smacking gives out the wrong messages and can easily escalate into something more aggressive, even violent. It says that in order to get what we want we must go around hitting people. Hardly a good example setting is it?
My opinion is that we all so easily label children with things like ADHD in order to help make sense of why our child is misbehaving. I hate anything that gives children, or adults, more reasons to think negatively about themselves or an excuse to continue their innapropriate behaviour.
In all my coaching I will always ask the coachee (in this instance the parent) what their goals are. So examples for their children could be:
Go to bed when asked
Respond to requests
Listen, open up, communicate politely
Accepting rules or boundaries
There are so many more! What will they (and YOU!) look like when this thing is achieved?
In all my coaching of young people and/or their parents WITHOUT exception, I have found that a small change in behaviour in one person, brings about a small change of behaviour in another so you also need to set goals for yourself, such as
No more shouting
Have more time to pay attention
Again there are many more, so pick your main aim and describe what we will see, hear and feel when we have achieved it.
Once you have done this write it all down and start keeping a journal of the week's events.
See you in part 2 but in the meantime, let me give you a Top Tip that I was reminded of recently;
When you praise your child (or anyone else for that matter!) don't just say well done, or that was good. Give exact details of what the praise is for, for instance,
"Well done, on eating all your vegetables and sitting still throughout the meal. That was excellent!'
Try it and see the smiles. Children don't always understand what you are giving praise for and so cannot repeat it. Be explicit and you will watch the behaviour happen again.
Until next time....