Discipline Strategies For Children Under Six




Discipline is important work and some days my approach goes well and other days not so well.  Sometimes what works for one child doesn’t work for the other.  There are so many ways to re-direct a child’s bad behavior.

We must keep in mind that whatever method of discipline we use, it should be one that empowers the child to strive to be the best they can be.   Discipline means to teach and it’s our responsibility to guide them in a manner that changes the heart, builds up confidence and encourages them to make good choices.

In younger children the three toughest behaviors is when children repeat bad behavior for attention.   Second is when they don’t accept the answer “no”.  And the biggest stress of the day is when they don’t want to go to bed.

Following are strategies that I used with my kids when they were under the age six.


Discipline Challenge- Repeats bad behavior for attention

Reward Positive Actions and Redirection

Children do better when they feel better about themselves.  It’s so important to catch them in the act of doing something kind, or working hard, or trying something new.  We can do this by praising them for what they did!  Children need more approval then disapproval to feel like what they do matters.   They want to feel important and capable.

Discipline Strategy – Following are words that can be used to encourage kids to do what is right.



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Lisa Brown

Lisa is an aspiring writer with a mother's passion for Homeschool Education and is also a Parent Coach. She has an 9 yr. old son, a 7 yr. old daughter, and has been married to her husband for 10+ yrs.Prior to marriage, she worked over 20 yrs. enriching the lives of hundreds of children and families. Lisa has a Bachelors in Social Work and Early Childhood Education.
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