How to Improve Your Child’s Behavior: A Therapist’s System
When I worked as a child therapist before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I heard a lot of the same concerns from parents about their kids’ behaviors.
They often expressed out of desperation, “I’ve tried everything. I’ve taken so many things away from my kid that I have nothing else left to take away. And he doesn’t even seem to care! I don’t know what else to do.”
When kids misbehave, our first go-to is to use some form of punishment, such as taking items away or removing privileges. And don’t get me wrong. These can certainly be effective techniques. But oftentimes, parents tend to rely so much on discipline that other important parenting methods get overlooked.
In fact, there are several foundational steps that parents can take to both prevent and manage misbehavior.