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Encouraging Positive Behavior
If your children misbehave, it may be just to get attention, because they are hungry or because they are tired. But there are ways parents can prevent misbehavior before it happens. |
Children learn faster when they are praised for good behavior, than when they are punished for poor behavior. Affirm good behavior by saying, for example, “You were a good helper,” “You were patient while we waited,” and “Look how nice you made the table look.”
Advance planning is another way to prevent misbehavior. For example, before heading out of the house for a long shopping trip, pack some healthy snacks to give the children when they are hungry. Before entering a store, explain to the child what to expect. You might say, “There are lots of things you’ll want inside, but we can only buy what is on our list.”
Never use food to reward good behavior – it could cause eating problems in the future. Also, don’t send children to bed without dinner to punish poor behavior.
With you by their side, your children will grow healthy, active and happy.
A Message from the University of California Cooperative Extension.