What Is Your Approach to Discipline? - FamilyEducation

What Is Your Approach to Discipline?

Are your discipline methods strict, lenient, or somewhere in-between? Take our quiz and find out.

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Are your discipline methods strict, lenient, or somewhere in-between? Take our quiz and find out.

1. Your toddler wants to play with a breakable glass object on a hard kitchen floor. You:

  • Ignore her; you never liked that set of glasses anyway.
  • Remove the child and the object and redirect the toddler's attention.
  • Slap her hand and shout, "You know better than that!"

2. You and your child are at the local department store. Your child insists on having a new toy. When his needs are not met, he begins to have a temper tantrum and throws himself to the floor. You:

  • Scream louder than your child and insist that you are not happy with this behavior.
  • Remove the child from the store. Hold the child gently until the toddler gains control.
  • Give in, realizing you'd rather have your child stop crying than to be humiliated in front of all these people.

3. Your preschooler draws on the wall with crayons. You:

  • Put your child on time-out to allow her to think about the misbehavior. Afterwards, let the child clean up the mess.
  • Quietly say, "That's a nice picture, but you shouldn't draw on the wall." Then walk away.
  • Shout, "That is unacceptable! I'm never going to buy you crayons again!"

4. Your child destroys his toys. You:

  • Tell him that this will be the last time you take a toy to the store to be repaired.
  • Don't replace the toys. Let your child learn that if he destroys his toys, he'll have nothing to play with.
  • Shout at him that no one will ever want to play with him if he keeps ruining his toys.

5. Every time you take a phone call, your child whines, "Mommy, pleeeeeeeease play with me." You:

  • Shout, "Can't you see that I'm on the phone? I'll be with you when I am done talking!!"
  • Hang up immediately. You certainly don't want to hear that for the next 10 minutes.
  • Say to her that you don't understand her when she speaks like that. When she uses her regular voice you will be able to listen to her.

1. Your toddler wants to play with a breakable glass object on a hard kitchen floor. You:
Slap her hand and shout, "You know better than that!"

2. You and your child are at the local department store. Your child insists on having a new toy. When his needs are not met, he begins to have a temper tantrum and throws himself to the floor. You:
Give in, realizing you'd rather have your child stop crying than to be humiliated in front of all these people.

3. Your preschooler draws on the wall with crayons. You:
Shout, "That is unacceptable! I'm never going to buy you crayons again!"

4. Your child destroys his toys. You:
Shout at him that no one will ever want to play with him if he keeps ruining his toys.

5. Every time you take a phone call, your child whines, "Mommy, pleeeeeeeease play with me." You:
Say to her that you don't understand her when she speaks like that. When she uses her regular voice you will be able to listen to her.

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