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A Behavior Checklist

As any parent of young children knows, there is a lot that goes into keeping these little ones in line! They are just beginning to explore their world, and you can tell them the same things a 1,000 times, and they still don't get it! But that's because they are eager to explore the world, exert their independence, and their curiosity sometimes just doesn't keep up with what they are actually allowed to do!

Child Behavior Checklist to Keep your Child on the Right Path:

  • Understand that preschoolers and kindergarteners are only capable of so much. A lot of getting through this period relies upon parents using patience.
  • Remain patient as your child attempts to try and learn how to do more things for themselves. It is good for their confidence and development to be able to do them, even if it slows down the whole process.
  • Have a routine for everything! Kids thrive with routines. You can set one up for bedtime, breakfast, and everything in between. Giving your child some independence and responsibilities will go along way towards transforming their behavior. Create routine charts or progress charts to help keep your child pointing in the right direction.
  • Use reward charts. Kids will master potty training during this stage. If they are still struggling to remain dry at night, try using a reward system to motivate them. You can set up a reward chart for this process.
  • Aim to be a positive parent and use positive reinforcement and discipline. Kids will do much better if there is a reward system in place.
  • Model good behavior. Especially at this age, children are watching and repeating everything their parents are doing.
  • Help your child learn appropriate ways to handle frustrations. This will help cut down on the number of tantrums they throw. For example, teach them breathing exercises or a special relaxing place to go to when they get upset.
  • Keep your child's developmental level in your mind, so that when you want them to do something, you take the time to make sure it is within the realm of what they are able to actually do.
  • Avoid using harsh discipline that may later lead to aggressive behavior.

There are many things that go into raising a preschool or kindergartern. One of the most important things to do is be consistent with your child. By following this checklist, you be more successful at meeting their needs and helping them to do their best!