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Understanding Your Child's
In order to understand why your child is misbehaving it is extremely useful to keep a diary:
Once you have a clear picture you are ready to change the pattern by
changing the triggers and consequences. You may have to try and
ignore certain behaviour, try not to give in, remove certain privileges,
look and sound as if you mean it when asking you child to do
something. Most importantly concentrate on encouraging and
rewarding good behaviour!
one behaviour that you would like to change. Be as specific as
you can e.g. wont do as s/he is told, hitting, demands things, whines.
Write the behaviour down.
When the behaviour occurs, write down what
led immediately up to it (triggers) and what happened afterwards
(consequences)? Also record how you behave and feel?
(print) the form if this is helpful.
After a week try to see if there is a
pattern to the behaviour. When is it occurring (times,
situations)? Who is it occurring with? What are
the triggers? What are the consequences or "pay-offs" for
your child? Often this is related to getting attention,
"winding-up", getting their own way ("giving in for a quiet
Ask yourself what is my child learning
from the way I respond to the behaviour? Am I setting limits and
boundaries consistently ?
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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