Some children misbehave because they do not have the skills to calm themselves when things do not go their way. Children without these skills are often called bad-tempered, strong willed, or difficult.
Many parents try to get their children to behave using lectures, explanations, and reasoning. When this fails, they try to force the child to behave. This often leads to confrontations that are unpleasant for both parent and child and usually do no good.
Here are some ways to help teach your children self-calming skills:
While you are ignoring, your child needs to:
You can start doing something that he might enjoy such as playing with his favorite toy or nibbling a snack that your child enjoys. After your child calms down, you can share the toy or snack. Remember, you are giving him the chance to learn self-control, a skill he will use throughout his life.