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What is the best way to correct and discipline younger children's bad behaviors?

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What is the best way to correct and discipline younger children's bad behaviors?

Correcting behavior will be different for children depending on their age. For the younger kids, for the inappropriate behaviors, especially if they're around five or younger, what I like to do a time-out. But it's more than just a time-out. So a time-out is being withdrawn from life in general. You really have a time-out from everything going on around you, including attention from the parents, which is really important that that is not happening because that is very reinforcing and it's no longer a time-out.

So they have the time-out, but what is really added to that is the time-out's not just done once they're quiet and sitting in the chair, once the time has passed... If they were not compliant, say it was to go pick up your toys in your room, they have to go do that for time-out to be officially over. If they can't do that, they’re going to stay in the chair for time-out. If it was something more like an aggressive behavior, hitting someone, kicking somebody, something like that, then they're going to need to apologize.

But also on top of that is sitting down with them and letting them know what they could have done. So we're not just letting them know these are inappropriate behaviors that we don't like, we also want to give them the behaviors that we want to see, the appropriate ones that they should have used. So we're going to let them know, "This is what you could have done. This is what you can do in the situation next time, so that you don't ever have to go to a time-out for this again."

So we're really adding that extra piece of teaching the appropriate behaviors, not just letting them know which ones are inappropriate. It's that combination that's really going to help with behaviors, because they may know this one's bad, but they're a young kid and, "Okay, so what to do I do that's good next time?" So we want to help them to be able to see that, and hopefully shape that behavior to where we want it in those situations.

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