Get tips for disciplining your older children from this mother (and grandmother!) who has 25 years of experience under her belt.
Disciplining your older child: Why you should be trying different approaches
By the time your children reach the age of 5 or 6, they will most probably have developed a fairly strong sense of reasoning. Your children are spending the better part of each day in school — learning how and why things work, the reasoning behind each concept, the rules of English and so on.
It’s only natural then that they would question why you require them to do this or that. Being argumentative isn’t necessarily something they are doing to be naughty — they simply want to know why (though sometimes they are just being naughty).
Of course, your child being argumentative and being curious about certain things may lead to frustration on your part, especially when he ends up crossing the line or breaking rules.
In such cases, you should have certain ‘tricks’ and methods for disciplining your older child, to avoid things from getting out of hand.
Take charge now: Being in control when disciplining your older child
It’s one thing to know why your older child is challenging you. It’s quite another to know what to do about it, and how to maintain a home where respect and discipline are a natural part of everyday life.
One thing you need to know about disciplining your older child: It is important that you grow and change with your children. As a parent, you cannot consider yourself a victim of change.
This means you cannot maintain the status quo in discipline because it is what you are familiar with. You need to embrace the changes in your child for what they are, and grow and change with them.
Think about it this way: When your child went from needing a full car seat to a booster seat, you didn’t hesitate to provide him with one. It’s the same when it comes to discipline — adjust or change your methods as your child grows.