8 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Behavior

Every parent faces struggles related to their child’s behaviors.  Sometimes we wish our children would do more of one behavior and other times we wish that they would do less of another behavior.  Prevention is the best tool you can use as a parent to shape the behavior of your children.  Therapists offer the following 8 guiding principles to parents who wish to proactively shape their child’s behavior.

REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR:  It seems simple, but we often forget to complement our children on a job well done.
IGNORE THE LITTLE THINGS: Concentrate on what you really want to change and let go of the minor issues for the time being.
SET A FEW SIMPLE, CLEAR RULES AND ENFORCE THEM CONSISTENTLY: Remember that children listen better when they have some input into the rule making and that consistent consequences are essential.
REDIRECT THE BEHAVIORS YOU DO NOT LIKE: Get your child interested in positive activities or change their setting so they don’t get into trouble.
KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Your sense of humor can go a long way in helping your child be cooperative and positive.
SET A GOOD EXAMPLE: Children learn what they live.  Remember that you are a role model for your child.
GET YOUR CHILD’S ATTENTION: Say his or her name, touch him or her, and look him or her in the eye before you give instructions.
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN: Children need undivided, personal attention from their parents.
These principles can help to positively shape a child’s behaviors.  A trained family therapist will be able to provide more detailed guidelines for each principle, but overall the above suggestions can make a world of difference not only in your child’s behavior, but in strengthening your relationship with your child.

Adapted from Parents Anonymous of Pennsylvania

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