Tips for disciplining children:
1.Do not over-react, the less emotion the better and the punishment needs to be proportional to the infraction.
2.United front- mom and dad must be on the same page and punishments should be discussed as a couple before announcing it to the child.
3.You need to make the children understand the gravity of the offense and why you are punishing them.
4.You need to determine what they most enjoy doing and use that as collateral (cell phones, video games, computer, facebook, ipod, dessert,…)
5.Disrespect can never be tolerated.
6.The punishment should be pro-active. Give them a book, an assignment or a chore so as to make good use of this time.
7.Unconditional love- no matter what happens, they still need to see that you love them.
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC