...inspire their best! e-news#9: Children's Behaviour is like a Puzzle!

By Mary Stuart, E.C.E.D.H., RECE

At Childlife, we are passionate about children’s behaviour and development! We love working with teachers and parents to understand the puzzling ways of children’s behaviour.

Some days it can be as easy as 3 piece puzzle and other days it is like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle – not knowing where to start and if it will ever end in success!

When armed with knowledge and understanding of child behaviour and development, finding the right solution to change behaviour without all the drama is the beginning to BEST behaviour and happier days.

6 Suggestions to BEST Behaviour

  1. Re-review what it means to BE a parent/teacher – the role, responsibility and magnitude of the position. Our role essentially is to guide and develop young children’s minds, bodies, and spirits.
  2. Reflect on what “discipline” means to you. Is it only correct and punish? Or is it about teaching a child what is appropriate, or not appropriate. Is it “do as I say” or do you see it as being a teacher, coach, guide and supporter?
  3. Be aware of your words, actions and attitudes towards children’s behaviour. How do you view their behaviour? “They are doing it just to bug me.” Or, “He is still learning to use his words to express is anger.” Your interpretation of their behaviour will influence your strategy and effectiveness or ineffectiveness. It will also make relationship connections or disconnections.
  4. Have realistic expectations for the ages and stages of children and yourself!
  5. Spend more time together hanging out and having fun and less time trying to be right!
  6. Spend more time affirming who they are, what they like to do.

These are just a few things that can help you be a more confident, competent parent and teacher.

If you want to improve your effectiveness at behaviour guidance, take advantage of our FREE 30 minute phone consultation and discover what others are saying: “This is great! It’s a new paradigm shift for me! It helped me not to be so negative about my child and his behaviour! Thanks so much!”

We also offer workshops for parents and teachers. Visit us at and let us know how we can help you solve the behaviour puzzle more successfully!

Happy Days!

Mary Stuart, E.C.E.D.H., RECE
Childlife…Solutions 4Life with Kids!

“We make sense when kids don’t…”

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