How children learn and thrive: swapping discipline with empathy and education

How children learn

When it comes to parenting, discipline is a very controversial topic. There are many approaches parents use to discipline their kids including: time out, hitting, spanking and a variety of rewards and punishments. In many cases parents simply do what was done to them as kids, other parents choose to do the exact opposite.

Do you need positive parenting advice and parenting strategies to support your child’s development? The key is to consider whether discipline is the best way to raise happy, healthy and well balanced children? And if so, which forms of discipline are best?

This is the definition of discipline from the online dictionary:

"The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience".

The online example used to give it the word 'discipline' context is:

"a lack of proper parental and school discipline"

and the synonyms include: control, regulation, direction, order, authority, rule, strictness, a firm hand

Hmmm? Is this what parenting is about? Control, Authority, and Strictness?

Or is parenting about nurturing and educating our children to become the best they can be for themselves, their families and their communities?

In this interview with Inspirational speaker Dr Robyn Mills parenting expert Dr Rosina McAlpine discusses the pro's and cons of various common forms of discipline and punishment used by parents. Dr Rosina also shares her insights into a life skills approach to parenting which eliminates the need for discipline and punishment. Intrigued?… listen in and get loads of positive parenting advice.

Listen to the Interview

Find out more about developing your child’s Communication Skills and how the Inspired Children Life Skills Home Activity eBook can benefit your whole family. Here are some of the key life skills your children can learn to help them fly through life:

Managing emotions - practicing effective strategies for managing anger and expressing feelings;  Helping your child understand that they’re smarter when they’re calmer; Learning to listen actively to build strong relationships with family and friends; Nurturing your family’s connection: the daily catch-up; Exploring the meaning of friendship: your child’s views and your view’s; Evaluating current friendships: do I have good friends? These activities help your child make good decisions and make the ‘right’ kind of friends; Discovering your family history – a fun activity for your child; How to work effectively in a team or group for a school project; Exploring emotions: expressing anger in a healthy and safe way; Nurturing a relationship with yourself, knowing your personal goals.

Remember each activity only takes around 15 minutes to complete and you can complete them at your own pace at a time that suits you and your family’s lifestyle. Most importantly, imagine how good you’ll feel about the huge difference you’re making as a parent to your child’s communication skills and ability to make great friends and get along with family members. The ability to build personal and professional relationships through effective communication supports your children to become successful and inspiring leaders in the world.