“Obedience is the fruit of faith.”—Christina Rossetti
A simple definition of discipline is, 'Doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.'
Although it may seem unpleasant and frustrating, instilling the quality of obedience in your child is crucial. Not only does obedience play a crucial role in helping your child learn in school, but also helps her follow the rules of society.
It’s never too early to start teaching your child how to be obedient. Parents are the first authoritative figures in the life of any child. So, as the first step towards instilling obedience, teach your child to submit to your authority. But do not use fear as a tool. Instead, be consistent in your efforts and employ constructive methods to teach him.
Start by setting rules that your child should follow. Use a soft but firm approach to make your child adhere to the rules. Do not relax the rules or be flexible, as this may make your child believe that obedience can be a matter of convenience. Whenever you give your child an instruction, try to ensure that you move closer to her and make eye contact to connect with her in a better way. Whenever your child is exposed to disobedient behaviour, use the opportunity to teach her moral values and the importance of following the rules. Most important of all, try to be a role model of obedience. If you indulge in disobedient behaviour, it will send the message to your child that such behaviour is acceptable.
Remember, the first few years of a child's life are the most important ones. It is the time when parents can lay the foundations of a strong moral character. So, find out ways to teach your child how to be obedient.
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