Change of any sort can be hard for most people, let alone children. Helping your child change their difficult or challenging behaviour is one of the toughest things parents can do. There are many things that influence the child to engage in difficult behaviour. Today, we are going to explore the principles of behavioural change that every parent must be acquainted with before they start their positive parenting journey with their child.
A book by Dr Michele Borba, Ed.D, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, published in 2009 mentions principles of change that can guide you in helping your child. Dr Borba is an educational psychologist. She has over 40 years of teaching and consulting experience. She uses this experience to offer sound, practical advice to parents and teachers to help children thrive.
The principles of change are as follows:
All changes require time. Parents need to be consistent and give some time to their children to make these changes a part of their lives. One key thing that parents need to remember is to stick to the behavioural plan, regardless of how long it takes. Some changes will require more time than others. Be patient and adhere to the plan in place, and you will see the result sooner or later.
Did you know these principles of change? How do you help your child with behavioural change? Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Borba, M. (2009). The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. Germany: Wiley.
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