One of your most important roles as a parent is helping develop self-discipline in your children. Here are four ways on how to build self-discipline in your children so that they will grow as rational and collected adults.
1. Teach your child to respond positively to corrections.
Children might become irritated and mad when being corrected. You must teach your child to hear corrections without responding negatively. Help him learn how to react acceptably and graciously and how to control his impulses.
2. Teach your child self-discipline at an early age.
Starting early will help children learn and recognise self-control and self-discipline. Some of the things you can teach your child for developing self-discipline are having him clean up after themselves, such as food, toys, clothes, etc.
3. You should have rewards, rules, and consequences.
When your child shows an act of kindness or does something good without being told, make sure you are aware and reward the behaviour. This way, you will make him want to do more good. Make your child feel appreciated.
Apart from that, make sure you always have rules. Rules will help children know and understand what they can and cannot do. Simple, concrete rules such as no going outside to play unless your room is clean, or only video games or TV after homework is done will increase your child’s self-discipline, responsibility, and self-control.
If your child does something that he was not meant to do, give him consequences. This will help him understand that his behaviour is unacceptable.
4. Be a role model.
As a parent, there are times that your self-control can slip when things go out of hand. You must try your hardest when it comes to self-control because your child follows in your footsteps. If your child sees you as confident, positive, and in a self-controlled manner, he will most likely adapt and want to follow.
We hope these tips helped. Here at the Combined Martial Arts Academy, we help your child develop self-discipline using our proven techniques through martial arts. Check out our Kids Martial Arts Program to learn more.