Managing a Young Child’s Behaviours
- 14 November 2016
- Posted by: CDC
- Category: Parent Tips,
The following ideas suggest how to deal with a child’s undesirable behaviour, while allowing the parent/ carer not to be become too stressed.
Scenario: Your 2-year-old child likes to put things in the mouth
|Strategy||Child’s Behaviour||Parenting Response|
|Step 1: Apply empathy||Your child puts things from the floor in the mouth.||a. Accept your child wants to know more about the world by examining things in the mouth; at the same time apply Step 2.|
|Step 2a: Apply distraction||Ask your child to take object out of mouth or give it to you, but child refuses to follow instruction.||Gently take dirty object away, while offering a clean object/toy. Avoid argument, punishment or explanation.|
|Step 2b: Support self-efficacy||Ask your child to take object out of mouth or give it to you; child complies.||Praise your child for giving you the dirty toy.|
Remember that young children have a limited ability to understand the (health) consequences of their behaviours. Using simple words, demonstrating expected behaviours , and allowing opportunities for the children to practise across different situations are helpful ways for children to learn.