POSITIVE GUIDANCE DURING CHILDHOOD
As children grow older and enter kindergarten and the elementary school years, recommended guidance techniques are different from earlier years. Because cognitive skills are changing, children can remember and think about their behaviors in different ways. They begin to see how their behaviors can impact others. They can begin to cooperative, share, and wait for their turn more easily. They want to be independent, and yet, they need encouragement. Here are some additional thoughts on guiding children.
WHAT IS POSITIVE GUIDANCE?
The goal of positive guidance is to help children develop positive self-concepts and healthy functioning consciences.
THE REASONS FOR MISBEHAVIOR
A child’s reasons for misbehavior may be a mystery to adults. Oftentimes misbehavior is related to illness, attention seeking, lack of inner control, a power struggle with an adult, a desire for revenge, of feelings of despair (low self-esteem). Adults should attempt to first, identify the cause of the misbehavior. Next, adults should deal with the misbehavior. Some ways to deal with misbehavior include:
WAYS TO HELP CHILDREN FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES
Effective guidance depends on understanding each individual child and understanding the way children act at different ages.