Children are often faulted for their behaviour, whether it’s at home, at school or in a public place. Instead of blaming them, we should look at the reason for that bad behaviour and why it happened. More often than not children are behaving badly for a reason. Helping kids understand their feelings and emotions can help them understand why they act out.
Behaviour Management and Play Therapy
Play Therapy is a great way for children to learn more about their emotions and feelings. Children that have better control of their emotions and feelings tend to know how to handle
their behaviour in a more responsible way. Sometimes children act differently depending on where they are, who they are around or what is going on around them. At Julie Lewis Counselling and Consulting, we offer play therapy for behaviour issues. It has shown to help them both at home and at school. We also offer behaviour plan sessions for parents. Julie is able to teach and discuss a behaviour plan that is proven to be a great way to improve children’s behaviour.
Why is it important to implement a behaviour plan?
Behaviour management is something all parents should be implementing, even if the child does not have major behaviour concerns. Having a behaviour plan in place helps kids learn to be more responsible and to be accountable for their actions. Managing kids behaviour
has a lot of long term benefits. It helps children and youth to be responsible for their actions and to learn that misbehaviour has consequences.
What to Include in a Behaviour Plan
When creating a behaviour plan it is important to implement a routine. Children can learn best when they know what is expected of them. Having a routine can be a great way for kids to form habits. It is important to outline the consequences for wrong behaviour so the kids know what to expect. This could be something like revoking play time or screen time for not doing a chore or behaving badly.
Tips for better behaviour
- Show your child good behaviour, children often mirror their parents and other family members.
- Hold everyone accountable for their actions, including yourself as parents/guardians.
- Reward good behaviour
- Keep things simple
- Give children responsibility (chores)
- Limit screen time
- Be consistent with rules and consequences, inside and outside the home