How to Help Your Child That Is Acting Up at School: 6 Steps
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Children often misbehave when they are feeling stressed.

Everyone expects children to misbehave from time to time. But when this is happening at school — and it is your child — it is natural to feel some anxiety. After convincing your little one that school is a fun and exciting place, it seems that, on occasion, he has his own ideas. While children often act out when they are stressed, the behavior could be a reflection of any number of issues — minor or major ones. Get to the root of the behavior right away, and keep in mind that your child may not know how to ask for the help he needs.


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    Feed your child a nutritious breakfast and send him to school with an equally healthy mid-morning snack. Sugary breakfast foods or cereals will create a blood sugar rush, and ultimately an impending blood sugar crash at school. Instead, prepare food that is high in fiber and protein so that your child's blood sugar level remains stable during school.
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    Visit your child at school. Go into the classroom and observe what is going on. Your first-hand experience will help you better understand what your child is experiencing and also give you the opportunity to watch your child interact in his environment. Even if you child doesn't act up because he knows you are there, you may pick up some clues.
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    Discuss a plan with the school for how they will handle your child when he misbehaves. Also talk about what you can do at home to support the school's efforts. Work with the teacher to develop a plan that can be implemented both at school and at home, so it is consistent. Include a rewards system for positive behavior.
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    Talk to your child every day about school. Show you are interested and do not yell, even if you get upset. Your child is likely to provide helpful information about situations he experiences and stressful situations during daily conversation. Address any inappropriate behavior and suggest alternate behavior or actions he can try in similar situations.
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    Play with your child and act out situations you believe your child has difficulty with. Children learn a lot from play. You can role-play scenarios your child has trouble with at school and model positive ways to behave and respond. It is important that you work on teaching your child how to behave at school while you are at home.
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    Encourage your child to play with well-behaved children. Invite positive role models over to play at your home. Your child will naturally look to his peers for approval, and he will feel some pressure to conform to similar behavior.

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