Calm, Effective Discipline for Kids Who Don’t Listen

Tuned In Parents - children who don't listen, photo by taz + belly, Creative CommonsA common frustration among parents is kids who don’t listen. There are a number of reasons why a child may struggle with listening: testing boundaries, ineffective communication, challenging authority, undiagnosed speech-language disorder, distractions, and so on. Today, our focus is on children who don’t listen because they’re challenging authority.

In the video below, clinical psychologist Dr. Craig Childress, Psy.D shares practical parenting tips for effectively getting children who challenge authority to listen, using guidance-based discipline.

Dr. Childress’ tips for getting kids to listen include how to . . .

  1. recognize when not listening = passive disobedience
  2. respond with calm and confident authority
  3. break the cycle of ineffective repetition and frustration
  4. retain your authority using consequences
  5. understand that consequences do not mean punishment
  6. know that punishment is not an effective teaching tool
  7. communicate with your child — find out why he/she isn’t listening
  8. guide and help your child listen once you understand his/her challenge

Video running time: 3 minutes 27 seconds

Did you pick up on the key differences between authority-based discipline and guidance-based discipline? Makes for a much more peaceful household, parenting experience, and childhood, doesn’t it?

Tuned In Parents - Parenting Quote about authority by Dr Childress

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children’s book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and “make it workology,” she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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