Toddler Behavior Management
Submitted by Nic on January 18, 2012
As toddlers grow, their behavior goes through different phases. During the stages of their growth, they learn to act in ways that will get them what they desire. Toddler behavior management is not an easy task, and it is truly commendable, the way parents get their children to behave in society. One of the most important things that parents should keep in mind, when molding their children, is the fact that they are still young and unable to express themselves, and their behavior may just be a manner of expression of a certain like or dislike. It is also extremely important that parents together work out the limits of acceptable behavior, and let their...
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There is a fine line between good and bad behavior, which is often breached by children when they want something that is not within the limits of their attainment. Parents also need to agree upon certain conditions that warrant reprieve for bad behavior, failing which a child will be left confused as to what is acceptable or unacceptable to members of the society in which he/she lives.
There are various toddler behavior management techniques that will be of great assistance in helping you to direct your child’s behavior, to a certain extent. Being a friend to your child will help when he or she needs to express feelings without any inhibitions. However, you must be careful to ensure that you do not give them too much leeway, because it could be counterproductive. Sometimes, when a child is badly behaved, a parent may just need to ignore the instance of bad behavior, thereby avoiding satisfaction of the child’s need for attention.
Dealing with toddler behavior is not an easy task, by any measure. When reprimanding a child for having done something wrong, make sure that the punishment is proportionate to the crime that has been committed. Similarly, the punishment for bad behavior should be given immediately and not later, by which time the child has forgotten the bad behavior for which they are being punished. Parents also need to take into consideration the physical well being of their children when they feel that they are badly behaved. A child who is feeling ill may be extremely irritable and anything that irritates him will put him into a bad mood. Parents must be careful not to mistake the same for indiscipline, as it may hamper the child’s growth to a certain extent.
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