What to do when your child develops a bad behavior.

A key part of being a parent is modeling good behavior for our children. If your child sees you sharing, using good manners, and taking turns, he or she is more likely to learn those behaviors. When adults use healthy techniques to calm down and express their feelings, children will have quality role models to follow.

Below are three common behavior issues in children and how you can handle them appropriately.

Rough Play

It is best to address these actions immediately by taking your child aside and explaining that hurting someone else is not allowed. Talk about how your child would feel if that happened to him or her. Before the next play time, remind your child of his or her limits and end the play time if the rough behavior resurfaces.

Ignoring You

It can be beyond frustrating to have to tell your child three, four, five times to pick up his or her toys or come inside. As well as upsetting you, pretending not to hear you could allow him or her to get used to waiting for the next reminder to do the task instead of doing it when first asked.


If your child says he or she did something, said something, or went somewhere that is desired but didn’t happen, talk to your child about the statement. Say that you understand why they want to say that they did or went somewhere, but it isn’t okay to tell a friend incorrect statements. Explain to your child that if they keep lying, people may not believe him or her when they tell the truth.

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