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How can I discipline my child as a single parent?

Disciplining kids can be difficult under the best of circumstances. For single parents with sole custody in Michigan, dealing with behavioral issues is often far more challenging. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your child remains on a good path, while also ensuring that your relationship with your child remains healthy. Live About offers the following discipline tips suited to single parents.

Praise your child often

While many parents rely on punishment when wrongdoing occurs, fewer still offer ample praise. Praise for good behavior offers a child positive attention while also giving them the approval they crave. Offer praise to your child often, whether it has to do with school work or good deeds at home. Many kids are motivated by recognition in a way that punishment simply can’t achieve.

Establish clear boundaries

Your child must be aware of boundaries. Additionally, these boundaries must be enforced for them to be effective. Letting things slide will only show your child that inappropriate behavior is acceptable. It will also show that you don’t mean what you say when it comes to boundaries. When you relent in one area, your child will take note and continue to push limits in others.

Allow for natural consequences

No parent wants to see their child suffer. However, if your child acts out and is subsequently punished by an outside authority, it’s best to let the situation unfold naturally. For example, if your child receives punishment at school it’s best to trust the discretion of teachers and staff. That way your child will see that bad behavior has consequences, and these consequences may be unpleasant.

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