Better Behavior Basics
The following "dos" will help you get immediate results when your child's behavior is dangerous or inappropriate. The "trys" are smart ways to begin teaching the long-term lessons that will ultimately result in better behavior.
|If you child...||Do||Try|
|Bites a playmate
||Remove him quickly from the other child and utter a sharp "No!"||Ask him to say, "Sorry"
(without insisting that he do it).
|Grabs a toy from another child
||Return the toy and distract your child.
||When the other child is through with the toy, say to your child, "Now it's your turn."|
|Tries to eat something inedible
||Sweep it out of her mouth and firmly say, "Yuck!"
||With a smile, show the object's real use. For instance, say, "Crayons aren't for eating. We draw pictures with them."|
|Is talking too loudly in a restaurant or another public place
||Find a distraction that will quiet him down.
||Explain that he's using his "outside voice" and that you're indoors now.|