Results of recent studies show that low income parents are more likely to use harsher forms of discipline on their children. The studies showed that low income parents are more likely to believe that spanking is a crucial and valuable form of punishment. However, low income parents aren’t the only ones who are likely to punish their children too harshly.
The studies also show that stress can be a factor in harsh punishment. In fact, the study indicated that parents who work in jobs which have higher stress factors and parents, who stay at home, are also at risk for more harsh punishments for their child. One of the most critical facets of being a parent is discipline. It’s very important that parents be able to know whether they are punishing a child too harshly. Parents need to ensure that the punishment they are administering to their child is not too harsh based on the child’s age, maturity level, and personality.
Low income parents tend to work more high pressure jobs and in turn are more stressed. This causes them to be more prone to reacting to their emotions when punishing their children. By acting more on emotion, they are more likely to discipline their children more harshly. Parents should learn about other methods of discipline besides hitting and try and not act out of pure emotion toward their child.
The one attribute of children, all parents should know, is how much of a difference positive praise can make in a child’s life, on so many levels. Unfortunately, most parents who do discipline their children too harshly are lacking in praising their children. They are quick to discipline their child, but are reluctant to praise their child for any good deeds, behavior, or traits, their children exhibit.
Deep down, children want to see their parents happy. If a parent encourages positive behavior, good deeds, and positive traits, the child will tend to not pursue bad behavior and break the rules. If the child isn’t engaging in bad behavior, there is no reason to punish the child.
Any parent can encourage good behavior from their children, and learn a lesson in what praise can do. In order to do this, tasks should be assigned to the children. The tasks should be tasks the children are actually capable of doing. Praise the children, as they perform the task. You will generally find a renewed sense of pride in your children; this will also enable your children to feel good about themselves and the task they accomplished.
As mentioned, praising attributes your children possess is also a sound plan for any parent. Your children may excel at a particular subject in school, or they may be extremely helpful when it comes to their siblings. Maybe they are good at art, music, or building things. If you praise your children for these things, you will generally find they will react positively. They will act better and follow the rules more closely because they want to get more praise
A parent needs to not overreact when it comes to discipline. A parent should not let their emotions and the stress in their life mix with punishing children. It’s very crucial parents take the best care of themselves that they can; for their sake and the sake of their children. The children’s emotional and physical well being is on the line. If you believe you may be too harsh when it comes to punishing your children, it is best to seek out the appropriate help. Recognize how far is too far. Keep in mind, children are just that, children.