How to Correct Bad Behavior in Children: 4 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Stop your child's bad behaviors.

From biting baby sis on her chubby little arm to throwing public tantrums, more forms of bad behavior exist than your little one can count. Instead of worrying that your toddler or preschooler will never be a model citizen, take a few strategic steps to correct his bad behavior.


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    Having a biter on your hands is one of the more challenging parenting dilemmas. Not only does this problem affect your child, but it can have a serious effect on other children -- and sometimes adults -- around her. While biting is clearly a bad behavior, it is not an entirely uncommon for young toddlers. According to the national child development organization Zero to Three, biting is often simply a bad phase for your toddler. Overcome this behavior by removing your toddler from the setting and firmly telling him "No biting" or use simple words and sentences such as "Biting hurts your sister."
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    The wailing, the flailing arms, the kicking legs: All of those tell-tale tantrum signs are reactions moms can do without. Whether your toddler simply can't handle an afternoon out without her nap or your preschooler can't stand that you didn't buy her that new doll, kids will have tantrums. Keep yourself calm and redirect or distract your child with another activity. If that fails, move her for a change of scenery. Use easy-to-understand words to make her understand that a tantrum is not OK. If she still doesn't calm down, try a time-out with one minute of quiet time per year of age.
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    The time-out is a well-known way to try to correct bad behaviors in kids. While many parents use this technique, some still have some questions as to what it exactly is. A time-out entails removing a child from a particular setting. Another crucial piece to this punishment is that the move needs to be to an isolated, or at least not-fun, place. You should still be able to supervise the child. Avoid a spot near TV, computer, toys or other kids.
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    While many of your child's bad behaviors directly offend you, some are of a more social nature. If your little one isn't getting along with her preschool friends, step in and put an end to her anti-social campaign. One of the most difficult traits for a young child to develop is sharing. Instead of barking orders at your toddler to let her friend use her favorite toy, offer options and try a bit of problem-solving. Use simple words, asking your child what other toys seem fun to play with or how can she play with her friend and the toy at the same time.

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