EMOTIONAL ABUSE

  • Don't shame or criticize a child; refrain from negative comments.
  • Do not be afraid to apologize to a child. If you lose your temper and say something in anger that wasn’t meant to be said, be quick to apologize. It can help restore confidence and trust.
  • Disciplinary actions should be targeted to a specific wrong behavior rather than to punish or humiliate him or her. Tell them why you gave "Time out" before and after the disciplinary action.
  • Praise them and reward them for good behavior.
  • An old trick is to count 10 and breathe, count to 10 and breath, ten times anytime you face a very annoying situation involving a child. You can also walk away from a situation when you feel you are losing control. This can calm you down and help you to think again before acting. The result of this is usually very positive and effective.

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