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5 Easy Ways To Get Even the Worst Kids Behave

Created by: infozooms | Last Updated: 07/24/2010

Do you feel like you have the worst kids in the world? Does it feel like your child is reliving the terrible 2's? He may be acting out for a number of reasons... a recent change in routine, family stress, poor communication with grown-ups, lack of boundaries, etc. Check out these simple child rules and techniques to help your kids behave.
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1. Set expectations

Before getting into a car, entering a grocery store, etc. set expectations for your child in a positive way. For example, rather than telling your son he must hold your hand, hold onto the cart and not grab anything, try saying, "Today you get to show mommy how well you can shop. Remember 5 year olds stay near their mommies and only pick up items when told to. Are you ready to have fun shopping with mommy?"
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2. Limit choices

Does your daughter throw a fit in the morning because she doesn't want to wear what you picked out for her? Provide limited choices. Lay out two outfits and let her choose one of them. Make sure she understands that she's expected to get dressed and has two options.
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3. Know when not to react

Sometimes grown-ups are to blame for the worst kids behavior. Not knowing how to react to a child's comment or set boundaries can only exacerbate a situation. If your child says it is not fair when he has to turn off the television and come to the table for dinner, let the comment go. He feels better for venting, yet will most likely comply and come to the table.
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4. Give praise

Your child might be misbehaving to gain your attention or in reaction to a new behavior expected of him. Throughout the day, praise him for appropriate behavior. Instead of just focusing on teaching him different child rules, let him know how proud you are of him. For example, "I really like that you're picking up your toys. You are such a big boy!"
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5. Relate to his feelings

If you treat your children like they are the worst kids, they will act that way. So if your child is acting out, try to relate to his feelings. "Benji, it must be hard when mommy stops playing with you to feed your baby sister. Tonight I will tuck you into bed and have daddy watch the baby. Be thinking of a book we can read together." If he understands that you are aware of his needs, he will be more apt to try to please you.
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