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Get your children to mind their manners with the advice in this Howcast video series on how to discipline your children.
You Will Need
- Time to spend with your child
- A chore list
Set an example
Be a good role model. If you moan and whine when things don't go your way, it won't go unnoticed.
Stand up to your children even when it seems easier to give in. Part of your job in preparing your children for life is to teach them that they can't always get what they want.
Teach them to give
Go through your child's toys together periodically and pick ones that can go to charity. This will teach them the importance of giving and not just receiving.
Give them your time
Do things with your child that don't involve spending money. Your undivided attention is the best gift you can give them.
Give them chores
Give them chores so they learn responsibility.
Don't bribe them
Never bribe your children to behave reasonably or responsibly, or they will begin to expect compensation for doing the right thing.
Rein in the relatives
Ask friends and relatives to respect the limits you set. There's no point in setting boundaries if other people are going to step right over them.
Know the consequences
Know the consequences of spoiling a child: Studies indicate that spoiled children are more likely grow into unmotivated and depressed teenagers, and to abuse drugs and alcohol.