Disciplining a child and developing in them a matured pattern of behaviour is an essential function as parents. However, it is this primary function with which most parents struggle. Parents need a well-structured plan of action, consequences and rewards, to motivate the children to develop the right attitude and behaviour. 

Dr Anirban Gozi, the best children’s counsellor in Newtown, lists five practical tips and strategies for parents to develop good behaviours in their children. These strategies, coupled with a positive approach and continued family support, will help parents make their children ready for a better future.

Five tips to Manage and Develop Behaviour in Children

  1. ABC of behaviour management  

ABC stands for – 

Antecedents – The A for Antecedents refer to the factors that trigger a child’s behaviour. Recognising the trigger and discussing it with children in a safe environment is essential.

Behaviours – The B refers to the behaviour parents would like to encourage or discourage in the children.

Consequences – The C for consequences refers to the positive or negative consequences of a child’s behaviour. Both parents and children need to be clear about the effects of misbehaviour. 

The ABC model helps to lay the groundwork for the behaviour strategy. Dr Gozi, the best children’s counsellor in Newtown, recommends sitting down and mapping out each behaviour the child exhibits using the labels above.

  1. Make a Rewards Chart

The chart will list goals and rewards the child will receive upon fulfilling the goals. Discuss the goals and rewards with the child, list goals you want the child to fulfil, and give them points or stickers that tally up towards a recompense. Stick to the chart and reward the child for good behaviour or fulfilling specific tasks. This will reinforce positive behaviour and help achieve long-term change. This is a good way of dealing with minor misbehaviour. However, it will not be effective in correcting deep-rooted negative behaviours.

  1. Be Consistent with Consequences and Rewards

It is essential to be consistent with the consequences and rewards. If they warn their children of any consequences of misbehaviour, parents should need to see them through, and the same goes for compensating good behaviour. This will help maintain authority and fairness and better manage their behaviour in the future.

  1. Offer praise and Be Receptive to Positive Behaviour 

Praise is one of the most potent tools in reinforcing good behaviour. Be receptive to the child and offer positive feedback when the situation demands. Praise and positivity can work wonders in changing their attitude and behaviours. 

  1. Demonstrate model behaviour

Children are an impressionable bunch and are hugely influenced by their surroundings and the people they share their lives with. Therefore, a positive outlook and good habits can quickly rub off on them. How parents act at home can significantly impact their children’s attitudes, behaviours, and habits. Try to demonstrate model behaviour to the child.

If your child persistently demonstrates destructive behaviour and refuse to cooperate with you in finding a solution, the problem can be a deep rooted psychological one. In such case, should consult Dr Anirban Gozi. He provides effective children’s counselling service in North Kolkata.