If you are looking for a childcare centre in Queens Park, you have probably experienced pestering from your child. Usually it is in the form of not taking the word “no” for an answer or constantly asking for things you have told them they can’t have. Here are some techniques for coping.
Why Children Pester
Remember what it was like to be a child. Your world was full of things you wanted to touch, grab or eat right now. Everything was interesting to you. If it was that your eye level and you could reach it you were probably going to try. Today, it is even worse because marketers are so good and making children want products such as unhealthy food or toys.
The children end up wanting these products so badly that when you tell them no they just want to keep pestering until you say yes. Children seem to know innately that they can wear you down if they pester you long enough period. It is really easy to give in to a child when they really want something, but it is the worst thing you can do.
Unfortunately, if you do give in and say yes, your child will learn that pestering works. You do not want to teach your child that pestering works because it may cause you to be pestered for the rest of your life. So how do you teach a child that pestering doesn’t work? Let’s look at a few techniques.
Set Firm Rules
It is important to set firm rules and boundaries for what your child is allowed to have, whether at home, at a friend or relative’s house, while shopping or in any public place. Be sure your child knows how you will react to any pestering and what behaviour you expect to see.
Make sure to praise your child for positive behavior. Be sure to give your child plenty of positive attention so they aren’t tempted to pester.
It can also be helpful to offer healthy and positive rewards for good behavior. Some may see this as bribing a child but it actually is quite effective at reinforcing positive behavior.
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