Firm: Consequences should be clearly stated and then adhered to when the inappropriate behavior occurs.
Fair: The punishment should fit the crime. In the case of recurring behavior, consequences should be stated in advance so the child knows what to expect. Harsh punishment is not necessary. Using a simple time-out can be effective when it is used consistently, every time the behavior occurs. Use rewards for a period of time, like part of or an entire day, when no time-outs or maybe only one time-out is received.
Friendly: Use a friendly but firm communication style when letting children know they have behaved inappropriately; reminding them that they will receive the “agreed upon” consequence. Encourage children to remember what they should do instead to avoid future consequences. Work at “catching them being good” and praise them for appropriate behavior.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.