Channelling Energy Towards Good Behaviour

When kids are bouncing off the walls with energy it can seem like one false step will bring on the worst possible behaviour. But just because children have some excess energy to burn doesn’t mean that they must engage in inappropriate behaviour. Instead parents can help channel this extra energy …

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Eliminating Opportunities for Inappropriate Behaviour

Kids very often turn to inappropriate behaviour for one of a few main reasons: they are bored, they are tired, they are hungry, they want attention or they are unable to express themselves. Therefore to reduce instances of inappropriate behaviour parents need to eliminate opportunities for such behaviour to flourish. …

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Encouraging Good Table Manners

It can be hard enough to get a meal prepared, all of the kids to the table, and everyone to eat what is on their plates without having to worry about table manners as well. In fact, many days it will seem that table manners are just an extra anxiety …

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Using Humour to Encourage Good Behaviour

Children respond well to humour. After all what child doesn’t like to laugh, particularly along with his or her parents? Jokes and gags are important tools in an adult’s tool kit for teaching children good behaviour. Understanding how humour can relate to behaviour, how to use humour correctly with children …

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Reward Charts for Good Behaviour

Kids misbehave for a variety of reasons, but there is no reason that learning appropriate behaviour can’t be fun for kids. Children often enjoy a challenge when learning good behaviour and keeping track of their successes on reward charts is a good way to let them see tangible proof of …

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Modelling Good Behaviour

Parents may not always realise how much their children look up to them, and this is particularly true of young children who learn to copy their parents’ behaviour. Without even meaning to, parents are teaching their children how to act every second of every day, and children are learning about …

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Beat the Clock to Good Behaviour

Children who misbehave often do so because they see it as an option more fun than the good behaviour their parents are trying to teach them. To combat this, parents can work to make good behaviour fun. One great way to turn good behaviour into a game is to play …

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Inexpensive Rewards for Good Behaviour

Children who receive rewards for good behaviour make the connection early on between acting appropriately and gaining a good outcome. However, if rewards are used too often, they can become bribes or children can manipulate them and only behave well when they want something. To avoid these situations, parents should …

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Free Rewards for Good Behaviour

Offering kids rewards for good behaviour is one way to help children connect making appropriate choices with positive outcomes. If you are thinking of offering your kids rewards for their behaviour, set some ground rules from the outset. Do not reward every good decision that your children make, but instead …

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