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Parental Options - For Guiding Children's Behavior

  • Give positive messages (Tell children what you want them to do, not just what you don't want them to do)
  • Factually Comment on your child's appropriate behavior.
  • Praise your child's accomplishments
  • Modify the Environment
  • Make a clear statement instead of asking a question
  • Ignore inappropriate behavior
  • Substitution
  • Distraction
  • Natural Consequences
  • Logical Consequences
  • Give Choices
  • Direct the Behavior
  • Use a "When - Then" Statement
  • Active Listening
  • Give your child a warning before transition
  • Time out (cooling off time - not a punishment)