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How To Correct Unwanted Behavior in Children

By: Krystle Crossman

Children love to misbehave. It is in their nature. They will all act naughty at one time or another while they are growing. If you find that they have a certain bad behavior that they seem to be making a habit of there are ways that you can help them to correct it according to Dr. William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, RN.

1. When they behave well, make sure that they know that you appreciate how they are acting. Reward their good behavior with praise and love. The more that you do this the better they will behave to get that positive reinforcement from you. Dr. Sears compares it to watering a flower and forgetting about the weeds. If you water a flower it continues to grow and bloom and will overshadow any weeds that may be in the way. Eventually they will behave as you ask them to with a few bad days here and there but the bad behavior should stop being a regular thing.

2. Figure out what their trigger is. Every kid has something that really sets them off and sets the bad behavior in motion. If you can figure out what that trigger is you may be able to stop the behavior in its tracks before it even starts. Once you can lessen the appearance of the triggers you will be able to lessen the appearance of the bad behavior as well.

3. When children are young they don’t know what the difference between right and wrong is until you let them know. When they act badly be sure that you let them know that and make sure that they really understand that they should not be behaving like that. When they do something right, praise them for it.

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