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How to Help Your Child Get Control over Their Behavior

Parents are at their wits end with some of the behavioral issues their kids are having. Do you feel the same? Perhaps a few parenting strategies to help your child recognize their behavior and help them manage it could be useful.

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The following are some suggestions to help you get started:

Optimize Your Child’s Diet

One great way to promote healthy, positive behaviors in your child is to optimize her or his diet. As many research studies show, negative behavior often starts with a poor mood. In a recent post by the Child Development Institute titled “5 Foods That Negatively Affect Your Child’s Mood,” specific foods can negatively impact a child’s behavior. Sweets, for example, have a funny way sweets can generate periods of hyperactivity.

Other foods linked to promoting negative mood and behavioral changes in children are:

  • Dairy
  • Artificial coloring
  • Sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Food allergens

By eliminating or minimizing the suggested food items above can make a significant shift in his or her behavior.

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Implement a Yoga Practice

Another great strategy you should consider employing to help your child improve her or his behavior is implementing a great exercise routine, such as yoga, for example. Yoga is known to be a great mind and body workout to strengthen core muscles and help relieve stress with deep breathing and relaxation techniques.

Research studies indicate that yoga can improve a child’s classroom behavior, academic performance, self-esteem, memory, and focus. Yoga is also known to reduce the incidence of stress and anxiety in children.

Utilize a Rewards and Punishments System

In addition to having your child participate in yoga, consider the value of utilizing a rewards and punishments system. These systems can teach children that every behavior they exhibit will have a consequence that is either positive or negative.

This is a very common technique for parents, but by punishing your child for negative behavior such as hitting others or using inappropriate language, you demonstrate that she or he will not simply “get away” with poor conduct. At the same time, rewarding children for good behavior can function as a form of reinforcement which encourages them to continue exhibiting the desired attitude or action.

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Get Professional Help

In some cases, a child’s behavioral issue will be serious enough to warrant professional help. If you find that your efforts to assist your child yield minimal or no results, consider the value of a behavioral analysis. This is always done by someone with a degree from an applied behavior analysis program, online or at a physical institution. These analyses can help you gain the information necessary to understand your child’s underlying issues and then develop treatment strategies that will help her or him behave in a more positive, productive way.

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If your child is exhibiting significant behavioral issues, it’s time to seek solutions that will promote good conduct. We hope the suggestions above are helpful and can be used in your home, if necessary.

Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.


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