Written by: Mr. Mohan Dallumal, BA (Hons) Dip.Ed M.Ed., Certified HRDC Trainer
Understanding young children’s behaviour can be challenging for parents, but it is essential for promoting positive behaviour and preventing negative ones. Behaviour reflects what children think and feel, and understanding this can help parents encourage positive attitudes and actions.
Young children’s behaviour is influenced by both biological and environmental factors. While genes play a role, experiences from the time they are conceived shape their actions. Certain child developmental stages may cause more challenging behaviour than others, and by understanding these stages, parents can prepare themselves to handle their children’s behaviour and emotional responses.
It is important for parents to strike a balance in their approach. Always give their children independence and freedom to make choices while still providing discipline when necessary. Being too domineering or permissive can lead to negative behaviour.
Parents and educators need to consider developmental, family, school, cultural, and psychological factors that can influence a child’s behaviour. It is important to recognize when a child is seeking attention or control and to provide positive outlets for these needs.
To help children develop positive behaviour, here are the “A to E Daily Dose” recommended:
- A – Affection: show love and affection
- B – Always Believe in your child
- C– Challenge your child
- D – Discipline your child
- E – Focus on Effort rather than grades
In conclusion, parents have the responsibility to nurture their children and prepare them for adulthood. They can do so by understanding their behaviour, being involved, supporting and encouraging them, disciplining them when necessary, and being firm yet caring. By taking these steps, parents can help their children develop positive behaviour and attitudes that will benefit them throughout their lives.