Child Behavior Help, Advice And Tips

Lucas Uren By Lucas Uren, 17th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Child behavior is normal most of the time, but even normal behaviors need special attention at times. Especially when those normal behaviors start to show signs of being slightly abnormal. There are many things that we as parents can do to manage and / or fix our children's behaviors. Knowing where to start is one thing, but knowing what to do is another. Many parents just do not know what to do to get their kids to behave.

Parenting Tips And Advice

Crankiness is a changing child behaviour symptom and can make for a really unhappy home life. Is your child cranky all the time? My children are! That is why I am here to tell you that there are many things that will make your child cranky, such as being overly stimulated, tired/sleepy or bored and your child can be suffering from one or more of the above almost 24/7.
Your role as a parent is to NOT criticize your child's crankiness, especially not in front of other people. What you may do instead of criticizing is to simply just ignore your child's crankiness for the time being and then try to talk to your child about it at a later time when they are not so cranky.

When talking to your child about their cranky behaviour, you shouldn't describe their behavior as bad, nor should you label your child as bad. Instead, you must praise your child by saying something nice like, "I like it when you smile!" and be playful with them so they feel comfortable. You may then try to ask them if they are having problems or ask about how they are doing at school. Often school life is the cause of cranky behaviour. Younger siblings being the second biggest cause. Even cranky children are not cranky all the time and still need attention from their parents.

Always try to keep up with what is happening in your children's lives. I know this is hard considering the fact that parents have to work, too. But if you take the time to see how they are managing things like school homework and household chores, maybe even help them with their homework once in a while, you will be able to pop in a question or two that can help you to figure out why they might be cranky.

Develop some little routines and rituals, especially at bedtimes and meal times. Provide your child with commentaries like "Dinner will be ready in 5 minutes."
and wherever possible give your child options like, "Do you want fish or chicken?" instead of just asking "What do you want for dinner?"

As a general rule, as children get older, they are going to want to become more involved when it comes to household rule making. Allow your kids to be involved, but don't allow them to debate the rules that you have already instated. Just tell them that you will talk more about it at another time.

For more information on child behaviors, both good and bad and how to manage them more effectively, visit: Talking To Toddlers

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Behavior, Behavior Modification, Behavior Modification Techniques, Behaviors, Behaviour, Behaviour Pattern, Child, Childhood, Children

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author avatar Lucas Uren
I am an Australian living in Japan and I write about varying topics for various sites (some my own) on the internet.

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