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One of the greatest challenges that parents face when raising a family is disciplining a sensitive child.
A child who yells over minor issue, shows excessive responses to general discipline or cries easily is considered a sensitive child. Some children are not just emotionally sensitive, they can react to anything that triggers any of their senses. This include things like bright lights or loud noises. They may also fear large crowd or react to any type of change.
Sensitive children are often viewed as shy because they always struggle to deal with frustrations or try new things. They don’t interact easily with their peers because other children try as much as possible to avoid them.
Disciplining sensitive children requires a unique approach because if done wrongly, the child may end up doing something to harmful him/herself of other people around.
However discipline is crucial part of parenting and parent need to know how to handle their sensitive children. In this article we are going to give you proven tips on how to discipline a sensitive child.
Accept That Your Child Is Sensitive
The first very crucial step of discipline your child is accepting that he/she is sensitive. Once you have accepted, you will be able to come up with discipline strategies that will not affect his/her temperament negatively.
You need to stay close to your child and study his/her behaviour. Know the child’s strengths and weaknesses to know the type of discipline to give.
Once you have accepted and study your child’s behaviour, you will know the type of discipline to give to correct the child.
Step Back And Relax
Yelling at the child will only make the matter worse. Even if the child has pushed you to the limit, you need to remain calm. Don’t talk or discipline the child immediately, instead, step back and give yourself time to cool down.
This is very important because it will give you time to lower your temperament as well as select the words to say.
Once you have cooled down, talk to the child firmly and clearly using a calm tone. Explain the mistake to the child patiently as well as the behaviour that you expect from him/her. After you have made yourself clear, give the child a hug and assure him/her that everything will be fine.
Create A Chill Spot
Sensitive children are unique and require different approach when disciplining them. A chill spot is special place that can help the child relax as well as reflect on his/her actions.
Make the chill spot as comfortable as possible by decorating it with colours and toys that your child loves. When your sensitive child misbehave, direct him/her to the chill spot to relax.
This will not only help the child but will also give you time to regain your composure as well as figure out the best way to deal with your child’s actions.
Let Your Actions Speak Louder Words
If you have sensitive child, you need to act more than speaking.
For instance, if the child acts badly, you should show him/her the behaviour that you expect as a parent. Talk to your child nicely and explain to him/her what he/she was doing using illustrations. This may sound silly but it will go a long way in helping the childk correct his/her bad actions. Once you have demonstrated bad actions, take your time and show the child correct behaviour to follow.
The act of seeing is often more powerful than giving a lecture. It creates a memorable and stronger impact.
Use Rewards To Discipline The Child
Most parents usually think that rewards are only given if the child has done something good. Rewards can also be given to discipline a sensitive child.
In most cases sensitive children usually feel bad when they get in trouble. Thus parents can offer rewards as a way of curbing future deviant behaviour leading to a disciplined child.
For instance, a parent can take the child to his favorite national park when he apologizes for the wrong committed .
Reward can only be an effective form of discipline if you allow the child to earn it. Sometimes your child can fail to earn the reward. If that happens, don’t just ignore, instead, keep on encouraging the child.
In conclusion, as explained above, it is clear that disciplining sensitive child need unique approach. By following the above mentioned tips, you will have an easy time correcting bad actions of the child.
Megan P. Richardson is a mother of 3 lovely kids and the founder of Kudkid . She created this blog as a gift to her kids. Kudkid is concentrated on discussing about fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice and sharing them to help you through pregnancy, birth and raising your kids.