Here are behavior correction tips for kids, behavior therapy for children and strategies for teaching good behavior to your child.
Behavior Correction Tips
The argument on the validity of the statement of ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’ has been going on for ages. Many parents think that physical punishment, such as spanking, sometimes becomes unavoidable and a ‘must’ to stop undesirable behavior in a child. Experts say that physical punishments can make your child stop a certain behavior but do not teach him to correct or change it. Our goal while disciplining children should be to teach them to choose good behaviors and avoid bad behavior of their own free will. Physical punishment can turn into child abuse, becomes less effective with time and may make the child too aggressive or timid. Here are some strategies that you can use for behavior correction in children:
- Avoid power struggles, no-win situations and extremes with children and if you do overreact, try to solve the problem as soon as possible.
- Children crave for your attention and deserve it too. Often touch your children affectionately.
- Children have their own individual personalities. They may be shy, talkative, active and/or introverts. You need to accept their basic personality traits as they are, as you cannot alter them too much.
- Do not try to force the child until he becomes cranky or very bored or tired.
- Don’t be inconsistent with the reward or punishment method as it may confuse your child.
- List important rules for your kids and include the rewards that your children will get for following them or the punishments they may have to go through for not following then. Go over them with your child.
- Never criticize your child in front of others.
- Never ever say the child is ‘bad’ when what you are trying to convey that his behavior is bad.
- Offer child little choices frequently to make him feel that his decision is also respected in the house, such as “what would you like to wear today - red T-shirt or the black one?”
- Older children can discuss terms and conditions of rules while charting them out but don’t debate on it at the time of misbehavior.
- Praise your child as often as he or she deserves it.
- While following routines and rituals develop into good habits, tell them beforehand that it is soon time to do this or that such as “In five minutes, we will go for a walk.”
These little tips will help your child to learn skills for a lifetime and they will soon learn that they can reap rewards by good behavior but bad behavior will make them undesirable and lonely.