Conquering bad behavior is not a favorite part of parenting, but I learned that the sooner it was caught, the easier it was taught. In other words, when you observe bad behavior in your child, correct it quickly. If you allow the behavior to go on and on without correction you will have a harder time re-training your child.
Another thing I learned is that often times the same behavior will pop up again at a different stage of a child’s life. It seems that we humans have inherent weaknesses that, despite repetitive training, take root and pop up seasonally. Every mum needs to know how to regularly weed the garden of her child’s heart!
The common theme with all of these behaviors is the need for you to figure out the root cause behind them, especially if a child starts exhibiting one of these out of the blue. That’s a huge clue that something could be going on in your child’s life. Below are 5 bad behaviors you should try to keep an eye on no matter your child’s age.
It’s often stronger in some children than others. If your child is lying, look for the motivation behind it and address it. Sometimes children want to do the wrong thing so passionately that they will think it’s worth it to cover it up with a lie. And you want to catch your children when they lie because if they get away with it, they will find it an easy cover up for other bad behavior.
In all honesty, there are many rude children out there. If you want your children to succeed in school or in their adult life teach them this valuable tool of respect. If your child can master this they will shine like a star.
Teach your children how to be kind and thoughtful in words and deeds. Teach them to give, share and answer politely.
The solution here is to teach self-control. If you do it early and keep at it, they will be more successful. Your child must try to control anger as well.
Instilling a good work ethic starts by giving kids chores at a young age. Make it fun rather than punishment. . In our house we didn’t have “boy” chores and “girl” chores. Rotate the chores and let your children do them all.
I can’t give you a million ideas for how to deal with each of these behaviors, but do your best and don’t underestimate the power of being creative when coming up with a plan.
How have you helped your child overcome bad behaviors?