Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Friday, September 14, 2012

When a Young Child Acts Out: Get On Your KNEES!

One of the most important things a parent can do when a young child misbehaves is to get down to the eye level of the child and lock eyes. Instead of standing tall, waving your finger, and coercing your child into behaving the way you want through intimidation, get down on your knees and talk to them.

What To Do: Tell them clearly what is wrong with their behavior and outline exactly what you want them to to instead. Finally, finish by telling them that you want them to try it your way because you want to keep them safe and happy. The last point is important because it helps to remind the child that this is not a power struggle and that you don't secretly love having control over them!

P.S. The little girl in the photo above really could be my 3-year old daughter, and I wish I were joking!

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