As our little angels grow and develop they are learning how to manage their own feelings and behaviour. This can be a tricky time for our little angels and their parents/carers. We have written some TOP TIPS to help support you to promote positive behaviour at home. We hope you find it helpful!
- Be a role model – As simple as it sounds, ensure you use your please and thank you’s in turn your child will imitate.
- Show you child your feelings – Be honest, explain how an action makes you feel i.e. “it makes me sad when you shout it hurts my ears”
- Praise the good behaviour – Flip your response instead of giving them attention for the bad behaviour i.e. “ please stop throwing the blocks” praise the good behaviour i.e. “you are making me happy you are playing nicely with the blocks building a tower”
- Get down to your child’s level – Kneel down, bend down to their level when talking you can engage with them and have a conversation that is not intimidating and with good eye contact.
- Listen – Actively listen and respond to their feelings. Nod along with them and imitate their emotions i.e. “ I can see how sad you are the car has broken” It makes them feel comforted and understand their own emotions.
- Keep your promises – The good and the bad. If you promise to go to the park try (to the best of your ability) to go to the park. If gives your child a sense of explanations and consequences also follow through with the bad i.e. “ if you do not stop running we will leave the shop” if they continue to run, leave the shop.
- Create a positive behaviour environment – Are they bored? If so this is an environment the behaviour can begin to change. A simple change in their bedroom could support this; do they have free access to all their toys? Can they reach them all? Why not pop easy access boxes at their level, then they can self select and become independent.
- Think first – Think, is this worth commenting on the negative behaviour or could I praise the positive?
- Give simple positive instructions – Use minimal words, just say what you mean and try to use this positively i.e. “ please shut the door” instead of “ please do not leave the door open”
- Make your child feel important – Give your little angel a simple task i.e. putting the plates on the table. Praise them for this, it gives them a level of responsibility, builds their self-esteem and makes them feel independent (and helps you out!)
Remember if you are ever struggling with behaviour at home, your little angels team are childcare professionals here to support you. Speak to any member of our little angels team for support! We are here for you!