discipline

April 2, 2014

"Consequences" In Kids Ministry

In a recent post, I explained what our discipline policies are for Kidmin.  Several have asked me to post our "consequences", so here you go! If you want kids to follow your "rules," then you MUST  follow through with established consequences.  Consequences help kids own their behavior and teach them to make better choices.  Here are the established steps we follow when applying consequences. 1.  Remind the child of the rule they have broken. - Often, kids just "forgot" and acted before thinking.  Have grace for those accidental mistakes. 2.  Official Warning - Say, "OK, now this is your ONE […]
March 26, 2014

3 Steps To Better Classroom Discipline

Discipline is a hot button issue for people who work with kids.  While public and private school systems have five days a week to instill a discipline plan with students, the church typically has about one hour per week to do the same thing.  It's important to have a clear system in place.  The last thing you want to do is expect volunteers to come up with their own discipline plan without guidance or expectations. 1)  Keep it CLEAR Successful Discipline comes down to two words:  CLEAR EXPECTATIONS There is no way that kids can be expected to be held accountable to […]
October 17, 2011

Discipline In Kidmin pt. 2

WEEKLY KIDMIN QUESTION: "How do you handle discipline issues at your church?" - submitted by "Anonymous" in Dallas, TX In my last post, I explained what our discipline policies for Kidmin. If you want kids to follow your policy, follow through with established consequences. Consequences help kids own their behavior and teach them to make better choices. Here are the established steps we follow when applying consequences. 1.  Remind the child of the rule they have broken. 2.  Official Warning 3.  Move the child to a different seat 4.  Remove the child from the room (bring them to office) 5.  […]
October 10, 2011

Discipline Issues In Kidmin pt. 1

WEEKLY KIDMIN QUESTION: "How do you handle discipline issues at your church?" - submitted by "Anonymous" in Dallas, TX Discipline is a hot button issue for people who work with kids.  While public and private school systems have five days a week to instill a discipline plan with students, the church typically has about one hour per week to do the same thing.  It's important to have a clear system in place.  The last thing you want to do is expect volunteers to come up with their own discipline plan without guidance or expectations. Successful Discipline comes down to two […]