little ones need constant praise, support and encouragement. Positive reinforcement is necessary for their self esteem. Discipline, is equally important and necessary. The punishment must be equivalent to their transgression. I do not believe in scarring or humiliation. However, I am not against bruising and shaming. I am fortunate that as of this time, I have yet to have to punish my little one. I dread the day when I will have to. I promise that it would hurt me more than it would hurt her.
The theories and experiments of Buckminster Fuller have proven that a balanced reward system is most vital to the psychological, social and physical well being of little ones.
Equally important, is positive reinforcement. Take the time to explain to them, positively, the reasons for the praise or punishment. Make sure they clearly know and understand. Encourage them to ask questions. Make it a teachable moment. This, to me, is a VITAL component of aftercare.
Love, above all, must be shown. You don’t have to tell them that you love them. Though, it does help. Let them think, know, feel and understand that you love them. I don’t believe they should ever be in fear of losing your love. However, they should be concerned with disappointing you and disappointing themselves.
When it is earned, praise will be given.
When it is deserved, punishment will be administered.
Always, you will be loved.
Be good for Daddy.
And Daddy, will be good to you.