Responding To Kids' Misbehavior

Do your children always behave the way you would like? Of course not! Misbehavior produces big feelings like anger and frustration. It can be challenging to come up with the best response in the heat of the moment.

Your kids will adjust their behavior based on your response. Ideally they learn to make better choices in the future rather than how to not get caught next time.

Sometimes you need to impose consequences in response to their behavior. That takes effort from you plus puts you in the position of policing their behavior. On the other hand, natural consequences simply happen without any effort from you ... and you can play the role of the "guide on the side" instead of police officer.

If your child's misbehavior continues and escalates, whatever you are doing is not working. Take a step back to plan a better approach.

The articles below may give you new ideas for responding to your kids' misbehavior. Click a picture to read the article.

How can you find solutions to misbehavior instead of just issuing consequences

Consequences Versus Solutions

How can pausing and planning help you respond better to children's behavior?

angry mom      pause and plan icon

How can you provide discipline that helps your children learn from their mistakes?

Mom talking to son

How can you help kids learn from natural consequences?

Natural Consequences - Touching Cactus, Getting Sliver When Barefoot, Police Traffic Stop

What are some ideas for handling embarrassing children's behavior?

Frustrated Parents Looking At Child Having Tantrum

How can you positively change your kids' behavior using shaping?

Shaping Your Child's Behavior

How do you respond to your kids swearing?

kids swearing sign

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