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Parenting Tips for Misbehaving Kids (Stealing and Bullying)

Studies show that behaving badly is part and parcel of growing up. Parents must allow a child to discover things for himself, to make mistakes and to learn lessons from such experiences, how painful they may be. Learn some parenting tips for misbehaving kids (stealing and bullying) shared by experts...

Studies show that behaving badly is part and parcel of growing up.  Parents must allow a child to discover things for himself, to make mistakes and to learn lessons from such experiences, how painful they may be.  According to a renowned author, a child remembered well  those things that caused him discomfort and pain as well as those that give him pressure and delight.  Furthermore she believed that some bad habits like stealing, bullying, lying and smoking  will stay on into adulthood if they are left unchecked.

Parents must find ways to teach by example.  From the experts here are parenting tips for misbehaving kids:

Stealing:  Without a clear intent of what they have done, most young children  steal at some point.  Ninety-five percent of children will have a clear understanding that stealing is wrong, by the age of six or seven.

What you can do: 

  • Ensure that your children understand the difference between what belongs to others and what belongs to them.
  • Don't bring office supplies like pens, pencil and then brag about it.  Set a good example.
  • Don't call your child a thief.  Insist that he do the right thing and return the item to its rightful owner.

Bullying:  Some kids are born  with aggressive personalities, but they need not become bullies with the right guidance.  According to parental experts, children are more likely to be bullies if your punish them by hitting, deprive them of parental attention or encourage or accept their aggressive behavior.

What you Can do? 

  • Don't close your eyes to sibling rivalry.  Insist on fair play, and praise cooperation among siblings.
  • If your child bullies others, don't beat or slap him.  Instead, take a few of his cherished privileges for a day or two, like playing on the computer, watching his favorite programs etc.  You need to teach your child that agressive behavior has consequences.
  • If he continues to bully others, talk with your child and finding out why he's picking on others.  Is he feeling lonely and wants attention? Is he trying to gain status with strong-arm tactics?  Try  to ask him this question.  If your child have difficulty controlling his aggression, get them involved in some type of physical activity, like sports, where they can take pleasure in their achievements as well as they can expend excess energy. 

Building a healthy sense of self-esteem and the proper values is important especially during your child's highly impressionable stage.  Nurture your children's and the proper values is important especially during child's impressionable stage. Nurture you children's respective self-image by showering them with praise, affection and attention.

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Resource:

Barrios, Ricci (edited), " When Kids Misbehave."  Woman Today (Magazine) 21 Jun 00

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Comments (2)

Great parenting tips.

Thanks Ron...

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