A few tips for those with children.
Raising children is a rewarding and lovely experience, but oh wow can they really push you to your limits.
I believe there is a time for disciplining children, a time for letting little things go and times sometimes when things get too much a good laugh is needed.
Its never easy and there is no such thing as the perfect parent, we just have to do our best.
I have two children aged 10 and 14 and these are some of the tips i used.
Blackmail, or its most commonly called bribery but it all equals to the same thing, there's two ways, give them a treat and then tell them they have to do a chore etc, or you can tell them that unless they do as they are told they wont get a treat, or wont be allowed to watch tv or play on their computers etc, this usually works on both of my children.
Be consistent, kids are constantly looking for ways to break the rules and to push the boundaries and once they find a weakness they may play on that weakness over and over. If you always say no to your 3 year old but then give in after he or she cries and stamps her feet, do you think this will get any better when said child is 13 ? If you have said no to something stick to your guns.
Be careful with how much freedom you give your children. I know they all need time to play etc, but what age is suitable for your child to play outside of the garden or go to town with friends etc, where i live children are often allowed to wonder around the local park and streets away from home from around the age of 5 or 6, i think this is far too young and i think if they are allowed to do this from a young age all the time, then when they are teenagers they aren't really going to listen when you tell them that they cant go out.
Watch your self, if you dont think before you speak or you swear and laugh at others in the street or show little respect to others, your children will probably display these actions in one way or the other, they are like little sponges soaking up information by watching their parents from the moment they are born. They learn from you and will look up to you, so the better behaved you are that will go a long way to how well behaved they are in later teenage years, though obviously they have their own personalities to add to it as well.
Nip lying and stealing in the bud as early as you can, just try to explain to them why it is wrong and that it is bad behaviour, it doesn't matter if its a tiny lie or just 10p they stole, these things often will escalate.
When they get older you could try getting them to switch places and to imagine that it was something they love that had got stolen.