One of the most important things we try to accomplish at any Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area is to teach children good behaviour. However, it is much easier if the parent has already taught their child good behaviour. That allows us to simply reinforce what the parents have taught their child. Here are some tips for teaching children good behaviour.
Be a Great Role Model
Parents may think “do as I say, not as I do” works, but it is terribly inefficient if the parent doesn’t role model good behaviour. You are your child’s primary role model, for better or worse. Your child will mimic your behaviours in every situation possible. Behave yourself and your children will be more likely to do the same.
Help Your Child Develop Empathy
Be honest with your child about how their behaviour affects you. For example, say, “I am getting upset because you are making so much noise I can’t talk on the telephone.” By the time your child is around three years of age, they will start to develop empathy skills.
Acknowledge and Praise Good Behaviour
Too many parents only give feedback when the child is being “bad.” Instead, give positive feedback when they are being good. For every reprimand or negative comment you give your child, try to make six positive comments. You will be stunned at how this can change the dynamic between you and your child.
Don’t Stand Over Your Child
To communicate with your child, kneel down and get to their eye level. When you are physically close to your child, you are also emotionally close.
“I Hear You”
Guess what your child is feeling and restate it. For example, “Are you unhappy because you can’t have any sweets until after dinner?” This helps a child feel respected and like you actually understand what they are feeling.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
To learn more, contact Cuddles Childcare Centres via the enquiry box or by calling your nearest location. We serve close suburbs, too, including Cannington.