through with your discipline
How many times
have you heard a parent say "if you do that one more
time, we are going to leave" but when their child does
the offending behavior ten more times without punishment,
that child learns that threats don't matter and he or she
can behave badly without facing any consequences.
If you tell your
daughter that if she hits the wall with her ride-in car once
more that you will take the car away, when she hits the wall
again deliberately, you must take action by following through
with the consequence - by taking away her car.
If you let her
repeat the bad behavior without discipline, she learns that
she can continue to do the bad behavior without being punished,
she learns that she can do whatever she chooses, and that
you won't follow through with the punishment you claim she
will get if she repeats the bad behavior.
The longer you
continue to threaten your child with discipline, the worse
the behavior will become, and the harder it will be to enforce