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Behaviour

Understanding behaviour

Young children are like tiny scientists: they quickly learn that doing something means getting something – your attention – in return.

  • Rewarding good behaviour makes your child feel good: they’ll want to repeat those actions to get more praise and encouragement from you.
    Read more about rewarding good behaviour.
  • Children love attention – even negative attention like scolding or criticism can seem better than nothing. Try to respond rather than react to challenging behaviour, and save your attention for the things they do well.
    Find out how to respond to challenging behaviour.
  • Try to stay calm in tough situations. If your little one sees you shouting when you’re angry they’ll learn that ‘angry’ equals shouting, and that’s how to respond to their own feelings.
  • Take it easy on yourself! Things won’t always go smoothly – like anything, teaching good behaviour (and coping with the rest) takes patience and practice.

You’ll find more detailed suggestion for teaching or responding to behaviour in the other articles in this section.

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