Who is in Charge?

sidebar-childrenWho is in charge in your school, home, scouts, etc.? 

    It needs to be a teacher, parent or leader.  Be prepared and come with a plan.  Children can sense when you doubt yourself.  Keep it positive, upbeat and confident!

      Children feel safe when they are with an adult that has control of the situation.  Expect children to mind and accept nothing less.  Encourage the behaviors you want and ignore or isolate the unwanted behavior.  Never just watch unwanted behavior.  That rewards that child.  Create something more interesting to do.

 

Example:  What to do when taking a child shopping at the supermarket? 

  • Keep your focus on shopping and the child.  Involve the child in the shopping experience.  (No cell phones or any long conversations with other adults) 
  • Have them help look for items or have them count out an amount of some item. 
  • Don’t ask them what they want or give them big choices.  Instead give them a choice between 2 or 3 items. 
  • Never let the shopping become what the child wants.  This is your shopping list. 
  • If a child asks for things say something like, “It isn’t on the list. Maybe we could plan to get it another time.” or “Remember, candy you buy with your own money.” 
  • If a child starts fussing about something say: “I never buy for fussing children.” then ignore them. 
  • Don’t tell children you will buy them something if they are good, because it creates more problems than it solves.  
  • Never turn control of the shopping trip over to the child.   Continue to focus on the list, the shopping and the behaving child. 
  • NEVER give into tantrum children or they will tantrum again!

Hope this helpful.  Enjoy the little ones in your care.  Be in charge and everyone will be happier.

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