“Do as I say, not as I do,” almost never works. Kids will always follow what you do, so it is best to make sure you are setting a good example.
3. Reward Good Behavior
There are different reward systems for kids of different ages. When you are able to implement the right one for the right age, encouraging good behavior in kids becomes easy.
For toddlers and preschoolers, you can use a sticker method of smiley and sad faces. If they reach a certain number of smileys or sad faces, they can either get a reward, or they can be asked to explain what happened for that time period.
You reward their good behavior and instead of punishing them, you get to find out the root cause of why they acted a certain way. This helps the bond between parent and child and reinforces good behavior without putting unnecessary fear in a child.
4. Set Clear Limits
When you set rules, they need to be clear. The rules in place must also be age-appropriate because infants and toddlers don’t know what a rule is. School-aged children do, so set clear guidelines for them. For infants and toddlers, patience and love are more important to provide at this stage.
When you say something, you need to follow through so that children know that you say what you mean and you mean what you say. When kids realize that your word holds power, they will learn to follow you with just words alone.
5. Let Children Communicate Freely
When your kid knows that you will listen to their inputs, questions, and feedback about certain situations, they will open up to you more. This will help you to encourage good behavior in kids because they will trust your judgment.
Developing their trust is the easiest way to get kids to exhibit good behavior because they know that you are there for them and they recognize that you respect their thoughts and opinions. It does not mean that you will not have rules. It just means that they know the rules are in place for their own good because there’s open communication between you two.