All God's Children 
In Home Daycare LLC

Loving Children like Jesus does.

Discipline Policies
As I will be caring for these children in my home, I must have some sort of discipline system. I will have a standard of discipline but if you desire something else, I will discuss it with parents on a case to case basis. I must note however that regardless of your personal method of discipline in your home, I will maintain a "no negative physical contact" policy. That is, I will not agree to enforce corporal punishment on any child.
I must also note that my method of discipline is not through punishment. I attempt to teach the children under my care a basic set of morals. So, my discipline policy is as follows:

Infants below 18 months: Redirection and a stern, “No”

Children ages 18 months and up:

First offense: Warning not to repeat a behavior and inquiry about the needs of the child
Second offense: Time In 
Third Offense: A token is removed from their jar 
Temper Tantrums will result in an immediate time in until they have calmed down enough to talk about what's upsetting them.


Token Economy: 
Positive reinforcement for good behavior. 

Each time the child does something that we have been working on behaviorally or socially, they will be rewarded with a wooden token to put in their special jar and at the end of the day they have the option of spending their tokens on something from the token store or they can save them for bigger prizes! I stock up on small candies and toys that they can "buy" from the token store and the bigger prizes are things like more expensive toys that I will save for the purpose of letting the children buy them. (Note: Token economy is not used until the child has a basic understanding of the concept so usually around two and a half.)

Time In:

I do time in with the kiddos in my home because I find that it helps to calm tantrums faster and correct behavior more effectively if I hold a child in my lap or sit down next to them while coaching them on how to calm themselves down by breathing slowly, talking softly, giving them the words they aren't able to communicate, etc. Time in is not a punishment but rather an opportunity to teach little people how to handle their big emotions and it is also a chance to communicate to them how precious they are.


See the TBRI Page under the 'About' Tab for more info on Time In and my philosophy here.

Please also read the Extreme Behavior Policies for more information on how I handle extreme cases.