Category Archive: Principles of discipline

Discipling our children, part 1

In a couple of weeks, I will be presenting a short workshop for parents on discipling our children. It’s hard to narrow down into one hour what is most important to share on this huge topic. But then, I am a firm believer that less is more, so one hour is certainly sufficient to pack [...]

Will work for jelly beans

Teachers use this method effectively in the classroom, we can use it at home too. To motivate our children to do chores and develop other good behaviors, use the jelly bean jar system. * Each time a chore is completed, put a jelly bean in the jar. * Each time a kind word is spoken [...]

Is it wrong to offer rewards to kids for something they should do?

A parent asked me, “Isn’t it wrong for parents to reward their children for something they should do, such as their homework? I would reward them for doing something above and beyond expectations, but why should I reward them for something that is their everyday responsibility?” In the previous post, I offered a suggestion on [...]