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If only life ran smoothly and our children behaved well every day, listened to everything we said and not challenge it,  Or they were never rude to us and acted cooperatively all the time. Can you imagine that?! I can’t.

I am sure that children are put on this earth to teach us who we really are and to be better human beings. I know for sure that my patience level has increased!

Children will misbehave. They will be defiant. They will get frustrated because what they have been asked to do does not fit in with their plan. But if it happens very frequently it can be destructive not just for the parent/child relationship but also for the whole family.

So, how can we try and change the adverse behaviour of our child? Try the following 7 tips to encourage the behaviour you want to see.

Help Your Child To Be Better Behaved

  1. We can reward good behaviour by giving children our time with them. Knowing that they can have some special one to one time with mum and dad may be a good incentive for them to behave.
  2. Give more affection and descriptive praise when a child behaves well.
  3. Acknowledge the changes your child is making towards better behaviour.
  4. Teach them to own and be responsible for their own frustrations and not to take it out of others.
  5. Suggest better ways of how they can respond to your instructions in a calm voice so that they will be calm too.
  6. Make sure they understand why you request something of them and the impact it will have for everyone.
  7. Make children aware of the consequences when they don’t behave in the way they agreed to.

Some bad behaviour can be a bid for attention or be a result of frustration about something else that they act out at home. No matter the reason, setting clear boundaries and expectations (along with being patient) can go a long way to  encouraging better behaved children.

These are just seven ways to help your child to be better behaved. There are lots more. What do you use? I’d love to hear via my social media channels or leave a comment under this blog.

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