Parenting Mistakes: Disciplining Inconsistently
Children respond to clear, consistent boundaries—and also have a keen sense for when they can cross those boundaries and get away with it.
When a parent tells their kid they can’t have ice cream before dinner, but then relents once the kid asks enough, the kid will make a habit of pushing the parent as far as possible.
Kids learn more from our actions than our words so it’s important that we keep the two congruent. If you tell your child, 'bedtime is at 7:30 p.m.—no exceptions', then you best be prepared to follow through.
Kids feel safest when expectations are consistent and they know what to expect.