5 Mistakes Parents and Teachers Should Avoid When Disciplining Their Children or Students.

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Being a parent or teacher automatically gives one the responsibility of nurturing, motivating, inspiring, and inculcating the right values that are needed in raising a child into a responsible adult.

Research has shown that most parents and teachers have failed in their duty in nurturing a child into responsible adulthood because of certain things they do and their involvement.

Regarding this article, we shall be examining some mistakes most parents and teachers make when disciplining their children.

1. Yelling or belittling them.

Yelling at one’s child or belittling their worth and ability is one practice that can have a huge negative impact on their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Apart from causing undue harm to their emotions, there is also a likelihood of killing their self-confidence and zeal to adopt morality and even being committed to their education.

2. Disciplining them in anger, most especially exhibiting violence.

Disciplining a child for their errs and misconduct isn’t a bad approach in parenting, but the idea of beating your child in wrath and intending to inflict injuries on them is totally an act of abuse that can be of real psychological damage. Such a practice can be detrimental to the child’s health, emotions, and in most cases; amount to death. 

3. Not practising what you preach, or punishing them for something you also do.

Reprimanding or beating your child for doing exactly what you do as a parent is an act of oppression and poor mentorship. For instance, yelling at your child for gossiping, or fighting in school or neighbourhood when you are obviously a gossip or fighter is one act of bad parenting that will lead to rebellion and hatred from your children. As a parent or teacher who wants to raise up children who are morally sound and upright, it then becomes important you take into consideration your lifestyle, because your children are prone to adopting them as their own lifestyle too.

4. Not creating clear rules and paths for them to follow.

Where there is no rule, there is likely no coordination and sanity. Creating rules and regulations in the home or classroom is one phenomenon that will help inculcate the desired values. Research has shown that most parents have failed to enact clearly stated rules and paths for their children, simply because of their job, hectic routine, or as a result of their irresponsibility and nonchalance.

5. Insulting or using derogatory words on them.

Using demeaning words like “failure”, “good for nothing”, “stupid” and others on your children as a form of motivation or discipline is a practice that will most likely instil rebellion, depression, low self-concept, immoral behaviour, and antisocial attitude in your children. Using such words are demoralizing most especially when they are told to children below twenty years because of their emotional immaturity.

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