Why You Need Creative Parenting to Discipline Well

creative parenting

A couple my husband and I are friends with have a seven-year-old daughter who consistently struggles to clean up her room when asked. Almost every evening they give her an hour to get her room tidied, and almost every evening when they remind her thirty minutes later, she hasn’t even started.

One evening her dad told her that whatever wasn’t cleaned up by the time the hour was over was going into a garbage bag and given away to kids who were in need. This was the motivation she needed; her older brother even jumped in to help because he didn’t want to see his sister lose her precious toys. Creative parenting has nothing to do with crafts or art projects. It has everything to do with being creative about how we approach our children in guiding them through life. Here are three ways to parent creatively.

1. Look beyond the obvious

With some children, a reprimand is all that’s needed to discipline. For others, more deliberate action is needed. The creativity comes in figuring out what each child needs when it’s not that obvious.

2. Look for motivators

As moms, we sometimes want a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with our children. But if we can spend a little extra time thinking about what makes our children tick, we’ll actually have better success in getting them to do what we need them to do.

3. Look at things with a new perspective

So when you’re frustrated with your kids, or feel like you’re just not getting through to them, take a moment to think about the situation creatively. Come at it from a different angle. Put yourself in your child’s shoes and try to figure out what might work.

That’s the kind of creativity that will make your parenting easier, less stressful, and more beneficial to your children.

What other suggestions do you have for creative parenting?


  • April E.

    Sometimes all the situation needs is some humor. It is easy as parents to take things to seriously and get very black and white about everything. Often we just need to take a step back and laugh about life.

    • MommyMegs

      I agree!! I have recently realized this about myself, so I am trying to change that and have a better attitude when things aren’t going so well. Yesterday, for example, my son was coloring with marker. I stepped out of the room to help my daughter with potty training, and when I came back, green ink had been splattered all over the table, the dining room walls, and the carpet! (He said he shook the marker without the lid on, but I still don’t quite understand how so much ink came out!) The ink wasn’t coming off with magic eraser, and on a few spots it took the colored paint off all the way down to the white base coat! The mini-blinds got broken yesterday as well and mess after mess kept happening. Finally I just started laughing about it all, and said to the Lord, “I guess it’s just one of those days!” I was proud of myself for not getting upset about every bad thing that happened and found the humor in it all! 🙂

  • Elizabeth K

    Turning on some cheerful music can turn the situation around in a hurry.