4 Important Tips to Teach Self-Discipline to Children
You want your kid to be the best grownup in the future. What does that need? Best education? Best nutrition? Best School? Best friends? Well, no doubt these are necessary. However, the basic thing needed for making your child the best in the future is self-discipline! You may call it self-control, self-management or by any other name. And you know developing self-discipline in a child is not an easy task. So, what should you do? Here are a few useful tips.
1. Start Early
Well, this is very important because children’s minds are the most flexible when they are the youngest. The earlier you start teaching them self-discipline, the better for them. If you had allowed your child to stay awake till late night and wake up late in the morning till the age of 10 or 11, and then suddenly you start instructing him to sleep and wake up early, it will be difficult for him and you as well.
2. Set Routines
Routines help children learn self-control. You can set simple routines like waking up at a certain time, not having breakfast without brushing, having a bath, ironing clothes, preparing for school, having lunch and attending a sports institution or hobby classes after school, playing with friends only till a certain time, completing homework, having dinner and sleeping at a set time – this can be a simple routine. You can make changes in this as per yours and your child’s particular requirements.
3. Become Self-disciplined
It is also important to make yourself self-disciplined first. Children copy everything their adults do. If you do whatever at whatever time, he can certainly question you about why you are expecting him to follow a certain routine. Though he won’t ask it directly, but he’ll remain confused and won’t have faith in you. It’s a lame excuse to say, ‘As I am a grownup, I can do whatever’. This is not the answer to a child’s doubt. If you want your child to obey you, you should create a faith and respect in his mind towards you which you can do only by acting fairly and not by shouting and scolding.
4. Don’t Be a Dictator
You need not always shout to explain what you are expecting. The fact is that children understand better when you explain them things lovingly. While setting a routine, reserve a time in it to spend with your child and during that time, ask him about his difficulties, joys, incidences in school and other places, share your observations, impart knowledge, tell stories, and yes, praise your child for a good behavior.
All in all, if you achieve a perfect combination of love, strictness, faith and respect, you can raise your child perfectly!