Disciplining Your Grandchildren
Are you a grandparent? If you are and if you have a constant presence in the lives of your grandchildren, there may come a point in time when you have to discipline them. Unfortunately, with good reason, discipline is an area that many grandparents fear to enter. Many grandparents are concerned with how discipline will impact their relationships with their children and grandchildren.
When it comes to disciplining grandchildren, there are many grandparents who wonder when they should take action, as well as what action should be taken. In all honesty, you will find that it depends on a number of different factors. One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration is the age of your grandchildren. For instance, newborns, infants, and toddlers are often unable to control their actions or comprehend the consequences of those actions, as opposed to school-aged children.
Before disciplining your grandchildren, it is important that you take a close look at the situation at hand. Was it an accident? For example, did your grandchild break a picture frame? If so, were they previously warned of the dangers of doing so or was it truly an accident? In instances that can be deemed accidents, such as spilled drinks or food, you should have a discussion with your grandchild on the importance of being careful, but you may want to avoid disciplining them. There are a number of downsides and dangers to disciplining young children for accidents or situations that were out of their control.
With that in mind, some situations will call for discipline. For example, did you tell your grandchild not to throw a ball inside, but they did so anyways? Situations like these will require action on your part. As your grandchildren increase in age, discipline is important, otherwise, you may find yourself being taken advantage of. One question that many grandparents have is what type of discipline is appropriate. For starters, you should never resort to physical violence or verbal abuse. For toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, time outs, as well as the taking away of privileges are often successful forms of discipline.
As a reminder, if you maintain a constant presence in the lives of your grandchildren, there will likely come a time when you have to discipline them. Before that time comes, you may want to seek advice from your son or daughter, as many parents have strict views, beliefs, and policies that you will want to attempt to adhere to.
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