Discipline is something, we, parents, have to be consistent about as our kids grow up. It is not about punishing but more on teaching the kids the difference between right and wrong. Are you consistent with the techniques you use in disciplining your child?
I am guilty that I am not consistent in disciplining my son. I am a short tempered person and he is a very naughty kid. I get mad easily if he doesn’t follow the rules I set. I know it will go nowhere if I won’t be firm to my actions. He will just think that he can not obey because I can get away with it easily or he can whine so I’ll stop. My big problem is that I give up easily when he whines. He cannot whine or cry that long because our neighbors will complain. Oh God! Disciplining a mini me is very hard.
They say that the consistency is the most vital in terms of disciplining. May it be self-discipline or disciplining your kids. It’s hard especially if we are busy or tired but remember that it will only make our lives (as parents) miserable because we have to pay for it. They will no longer obey or pay attention to whatever we say.
It takes time for them to be fully disciplined. Why not put yourself in your child’s shoe and see what will be the effect of your actions to him/her. Never assume that they will learn to behave overnight. It is a process, not magic.