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‘Give it Time’ – Tips for guiding children’s behaviour

‘Give it Time’ – Tips for guiding children’s behaviour




Here are five ideas that have been shown to work to help you develop a good relationship with your child.

These ideas will also encourage positive behaviour, boost your child’s confidence and support them during each stage of their development.

All children are unique and will respond differently. If you try these ideas together and give them enough time to work they should help you manage your child’s behaviour better. Don’t give up if things don’t get better straight away. It will take time to adjust to your new approach, so try to be patient and positive. If you keep going you both should see an improvement.

All parents find some behaviour difficult to manage and all children show difficult behaviour some of the time. It’s not easy to change the way you do things. Nobody gets it right all the time so don’t be too hard on yourself – nobody is perfect.

Remember your child isn’t perfect either. A lot of the behaviour you may think of as naughty may actually be normal for your child's age and stage of development.

Give time to listen, talk and play

Make time to listen, talk and play

07/02/17
Every child is unique. When you talk, listen and play with your child you will learn more about their needs and interests. This will not only help your child develop well but it will also help you build a strong relationship.
 
Give it time to model the behaviour you want to see

Take time to model the behaviour you want to see (Suitable from birth)

19/11/15
From the moment they are born, children listen to what you say and watch what you do. Babies and children learn by imitating. By watching how you behave, your child will learn about how to react in similar situations.
 
Give it time to create order and structure to your day

Make time to create order and structure to your day (suitable for ages 1-5)

19/11/15
Don’t worry when young children test the limits. That’s how they learn what is right and wrong. It is perfectly normal but it can test our patience! It can help if you have regular routines and some family rules.
 
Give it time for praise

Make time for praise (suitable from birth)

19/11/15
Praise works better at encouraging the behaviour you want than criticising and punishing your child for problem behaviour. It helps your child feel good about themselves and feel good about you.
 
Give time for love and affection

Make time for love and affection (suitable from birth)

19/11/15
Love and affection are essential to a child’s healthy brain development. A child’s feelings about themselves, how confident they are and how well they cope with stress, are all affected by the way their parents respond to them.
 
Tricky Moments & Common Behaviours

Tricky Moments & Common Behaviours

Most families have times that are difficult to manage. Here are some ideas for dealing with some common parenting concerns. Every child is unique, but these tips may help.

Give It Time.

Give it time

Tips to encourage better behaviour

Here are five ideas to help you develop a good relationship with your child. These ideas will also encourage positive behaviour, boost your child’s confidence and support their development.

Your Child's Development

Your Child's Development

Between birth and age five children grow and change very fast. Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better.

 

Parenting. Give it time.

This website has been developed by the Welsh Government with the help of a range of organisations and professionals. Every child and every parent is unique. This website gives parents ideas so they can make decisions about what can work for their child and family. It aims to help parents to build a positive, healthy relationship with their children.

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