Managing Behaviour Tips from Parenting NI

Do you know what your child’s challenging behaviour is telling you?

Providing structure each day and maintaining rules and boundaries will help your child know what is acceptable.

Behind every behaviour is a feeling. Tune into your child’s cues by looking at their body language, listening to what they’re saying and observing their behaviour. Figuring out what they feel and why means you can help them identify, express and manage those feelings better. 

Name emotions for your child to help them learn to identify them. This allows your child to develop an emotional vocabulary to talk about their feelings.

Once you get to know your child’s cues for challenging behaviour it allows you to manage the situation before it escalates. Let your child know you understand how they are feeling and talk to them about what might make them feel better.