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Nothing Personal

It would be easy to take a discipline problem personal - as if the child misbehaved out of spite for you. This is, in my experience, never the case. Handle every discipline problem with love and don’t take it personally or hold a grudge. I have not yet met a child that took discipline personally when it was done in love. After all, they know the rules and they have broken them, so they realize that they deserve the discipline. But when it is over and they have “paid their debt to the class” (so to speak,) they don’t deserve to be further punished in little ways. Allow them to participate fully along with the other children in answering questions, helping hold songs, or in whatever other ways the children participate. This will show them that their discipline is over and that you, the teacher, accept and love them as you do the other children.

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