Catching your child(ren) being good goes a long way! If done consistently it can ebb the need for discipline. Many times children act up in order to get attention. If you give them attention when they do good things, they may not feel the need to get the attention negatively. Doing this in conjunction with really Talking To Your Child, will do wonders for your child’s self-esteem and helping them feel loved.
When you notice your child being good, take the time, stop what you are doing, get on their level, look into their eyes and tell them you are proud of them for making such a good choice. Give them a hug and a high-five.
This week, when you notice your child being good, give them a high-five and do a little song and dance. As a bonus, make sure your child overhears you saying something good about them to someone else! (For example, call one of your parents and tell them something awesome that your child did while your child is in the room.)
This week, when you catch them being good, give them a pat on the back and chant a little cheer! Take time everyday this week to point out your child’s/ren’s positive traits. Pick one a day. When you share, get on your child’s level, look into their eyes, and hold their hands or touch their shoulders. This would be a really good thing to do as you tuck them in bed.
This week, when you catch them being good, make up a cool handshake and do that every time. Get on your child’s level and give them a hug. As you hug them whisper a thanksgiving prayer to God for giving you such a wonderful child.