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12/05/2014 at 14:53
How do you discipline your pre-schoolers? Molly's behaviour is getting worse at the moment, I know it is a testing time with Baby coming a long plus her sister is getting lots of attention due to taking her GCSE's but I really feel I need to take some positive action now so things are a bit more settled when baby arrives.
Do any of you use a reward chart? what reward do your children get? Molly understands the concept of being rewarded for good behaviour so I am thinking this may be a place to start?
12/05/2014 at 21:53
13/05/2014 at 13:24
We've tried a few things with E over the years and find that currently the best way to discipline bad behaviour is to remove favourite toys for a period of time.
I am trying to use reward charts too, which she puts stickers on, but I am not very good at being consistent with it. At the moment she is working toward a new border in her bedroom, I've bought the border but she has to get enough stickers before I'll put it up, but the end reward can be something as simple as colouring in. For example, the reward charts we've used have been like this one www.activityvillage.co.uk/fairy-reward-chart, which I printed in black and white, she got stickers which she stuck in the butterflies and when she had filled it she was allowed to colour the fairy in.
I think we'll be using stickers as rewards for a while as both girls love them.
14/05/2014 at 09:23
Bit late to this but I used 'one, two, three' warnings a lot at that age. And always follow through with the punishment if you've threatened something.
I got my daughter to the point where the threat of counting was enough to stop the behaviour on many occasions.
Also lots of praise for the good behaviour. Went back to praising everything that was good. And saying a bit later on 'you were very good this morning when you did such and such' (which its easy to forget to do).
Alternative to the sticker chart is a pasta jar. Put pieces in for good behaviour, take them out for poor bevahiour. I've not done this but my friend finds it very effective with her two. So many pieces of pasta equals a reward - this can be simple things like choosing what's for dinner or a dvd to watch or something like that.
14/05/2014 at 10:28
I might have to borrow the pasta jar idea, it sounds interesting.
I've also heard about a technique used in schools which is based on suns and clouds, I haven't seen it in action but I believe you have a sun and a cloud on the wall and the child has their name on the sun, if they misbehave or make 'bad' decisions they get their name moved to the cloud. I'm not sure how you'd do this at home, but its an interesting idea. Of course if they behave well they can be moved back tot he sun, which is where they want to be at the end of the day.
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