Make It Easier for Your Child to Behave Well
Is it hard for your elementary schooler to sit still and stay focused? Is your child impulsive? Strong-willed? Difficult to direct? You'll be less frustrated and more successful at encouraging positive behavior if you:
- Stay more curious than furious. When your child misbehaves, try to find out why. Then respond calmly and thoughtfully.
- Set clear rules and reasonable consequences for breaking them. It's difficult for many children to manage their own behavior. Rules help guide them.
- Plan ahead. Think of activities to entertain your child on long trips or as you wait in a restaurant. Try simple math or word games.
- Schedule one-on-one time with your child. Use the time to provide plenty of positive attention.
- Give clear instructions. Break tasks down into steps. Have your child repeat the steps back to you.
- Limit distractions. TV, videos and computer games make it challenging for children to hear and focus on parents' instructions and requests.
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