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Guidance and Discipline
Authors: Rajeswari Natrajan with Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE

Discipline can be one of most difficult issues for parents and childcare providers alike. As you know, there are many different reasons why children behave in challenging ways. There are also different ways that parents and caregivers deal with these challenges. Some discipline methods are different from culture to culture. It is important to be aware of these differences. As a childcare provider, you not only care for the child, but you also can help the parents and family. You can also ask for the parents’ help in understanding their child. You can work together to teach the child self-control and acceptable behavior.

In these pages you will find ideas on how to talk with parents about guidance and discipline. You will also discover ways to create a partnership with parents. Remember that quality childcare depends on a positive relationship among you, the child, and the child’s parents and family.


 

Partners with Parents in Discipline
         Guiding children together

Making Discipline Positive
         Childproofing your house
         Modeling appropriate behavior
         What to expect from children

         Positive reinforcement and rewards  
         Natural and logical consequences
 
Helping Parents Set Limits and Respond to Misbehavior
      
   Finding the causes of misbehavior
         Setting limits

Protecting Children from Child Abuse
     • Communicating with parents about parenting quality
        Talking to providers when they have concerns about parenting
        Talking to providers about child care quality
             •
Recognizing child abuse
             
Helping parents and children in difficult situations
             • Talking to a child who has been abused
             • Talking to parents about child abuse

      Making childcare safe for children and providers



For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at jmyerswa@purdue.edu

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