Parenting Tips: How to Improve Young Children’s Behavior

Parenting Tips: How to Improve Young Children’s Behavior

For young children, life can be frustrating baby monitor with camera. Although they are eager to be more independent, young children cannot always move as quickly as they want or clearly express what they need. They also tend to have trouble with boundaries, commitment, and disappointment. This can lead to tantrums and bad behavior.

Share your love

Make sure that the displays of affection to your child are more frequent than the consequences and punishments. Giving hugs and kisses and making a fuss at play are a good way to remind your child that you love him. Praise and attention can also motivate young children to follow the rules.

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Prioritize the rules

Rather than overloading your child with rules up front, which could frustrate him, prioritize rules designed to ensure his safety and gradually enforce more rules over time. During parenting help your child comply with the rules by applying safe methods at home for young children and eliminating some temptations.

Prevent tantrums

Know your child’s limits. Your child may misbehave if he doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.

Explain how to follow the rules. Instead of saying, “Stop hitting,” offer suggestions on how to play smoothly, for example, “How about taking turns?”

Take their negative responses easy. Don’t overreact when your toddler says no. Instead, calmly repeat the request. You can also try to distract your child or make up a game that requires good behavior. Your child is more likely to do what you want if you make the activity fun.

Offer options, when possible. Encourage your child’s independence by letting him choose his pajamas or bedtime story.

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Follow a schedule. Maintain an everyday routine so that your child distinguishes what to expect.

Encourage communication. Remind your child that he has to speak to express his feelings. If your child is still not speaking, consider teaching baby sign language to avoid getting frustrated.

Impose consequences

Despite your best efforts, young children break the rules. Ignore little angry scenes, like crying; But if he starts hitting, kicking, or yelling for a long time, make him stop. 

To encourage your child to cooperate, you can apply these methods:

Natural consequences. Allow your child to see the values of their actions, providing they are not unsafe. If he throws or breaks a toy, your child will no longer be able to play with it.

Logical consequences. Create a consequence for your child’s actions. Tell him that if he doesn’t pick up his toys from the floor, you will take them away for a whole day. If necessary, help him with that task. If your child does not cooperate, go ahead with the consequence.

Suspension of privileges. If your child does not behave, you can take away an object that he values, such as his favorite toy, or something that is related to his bad behavior. Don’t take away what it does need, like meals.

Time to reflect. When your child misbehaves, get down to their level and calmly explain why the behavior is unacceptable. Encourage more appropriate activity. If the misbehavior continues, take him to a designated place to reflect. 

Whatever consequence you chose, be consistent with it. Make sure each adult caring for your child follows the same rules and guidelines for discipline. This will prevent your child from getting confused and testing you.

Breastfeeding Newborns

It has been argued when it comes to looking after your newborn, one of the best things you can do is breastfeed. Breastfeeding provides your baby with all their essential nutrients, helps protect them from illness and promotes normal brain and bodily development. Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it can take a little effort to get it right. Here’s a brief introduction.

Environment

First, you’ll need a comfortable, supportive chair to sit in or position yourself on your bed. Ensure the room is warm enough for your baby and is suitably quiet. Initially, it’s very important to have skin to skin contact, so have your baby in their nappy only. Always ensure your baby is calm before starting.

Positioning

The first step is to place your baby on your chest. Many babies will start to move their head around in search of milk. Should they move towards one breast, gently position them across your lap and ensure that you are supporting their back with your hand. Use pillows to help support the baby and/or your arms if needed.

Getting Started

Women are advised to bring their baby to the breast, and not the breast to the baby (which might hunch your back). Let your baby nuzzle into your breast. Some instinctively open their mouths quite quickly while in other cases it may be necessary to brush their lips against the nipple first. It may take a few tries, however, should your baby lose interest, just pop them back on the middle of your stomach and try again.

Feeding

Your baby will usually start feeding as soon as they have latched onto your nipple. Good position is essential – their mouth should fully cover your nipple and areola with the tongue underneath the nipple. Tilt their head slightly so that the nose is free and they can breathe easily. They should be facing you with their body in a relatively straight line. It’s important when feeding to ensure that the baby is swallowing as well as suckling.

Once you and your baby have the hang of feeding next time just bring them straight to the breast. The duration of any feed will vary, and you may find it helpful at first to start writing down details so you can keep a track of feeds. While the very first milk from your breasts is a highly nutritious substance known as ‘colostrum’, as the baby grows the first milk expressed at any feed is the thinner ‘foremilk’ which quenches thirst and is full of nutrients. This is followed by the calorie-rich ‘hind milk’ which satisfies hunger. So it’s important not to rush a feed and to finish one breast before moving to the next. It’s also important to start successive feeds on alternate breasts.

A Helping Hand

While breastfeeding is nature’s way, it can still take effort to get your baby feeding comfortably. While in hospital, make the most of any help offered by the nursing staff and feel free to ask questions. Should you be having difficulties back at home, the Australian Breastfeeding Association is a wonderful resource. Their website features lots of useful information, and they have a 24-hour phone service so help is just a phone call away. Remember too that your local Early Childhood Centre may provide valuable advice and assistance. Phone them first to check if you need an appointment.