Parenting tips: Turning Negative Behavior to Positive Behavior
Is it possible to turn a child’s negative behavior into positive behavior? Does your child expect to fail at something before they have even started it? The famous quote by Henry Ford illustrates the importance of having a positive attitude and mindset: “If you think you can you’re right and if you think you can’t you’re right”. It cannot be any clearer than that!
We have put together some tips that will help:
- Encourage your child to focus on the positive things in their lives and the activities that they are good at. A visual chart can help your child see result too.
- Open up the lines of communication. You should be your child’s number one fan.
- Don’t dwell on the negatives.
- Praise, praise and more praise!
- ‘”Don’t sweat the small stuff’.
- Accept that it is OK for children to be negative but only about things that matter.
- Celebrate successes.
- Family communication is very important and sadly in modern day life that is breaking down. Simple things like sitting at a table to eat meals together and limiting gadget time to allow a family to converse is so simple and an effective way to in helping a parent and children to discuss their issues. Read more here on the importance of having meals together as a family.
From experience we have also learned that using reward charts can help a child, especially a child who has special needs. A visual tool, such as a sticker chart, is very helpful when used correctly to see you and your child through challenging times.