By Raising Children Network
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All parents face times when their children’s behaviour perplexes, stuns, confuses, angers or frustrates them. At times like these, it can be invaluable to have a range of options up your sleeve.

A better understanding

Dealing with children’s behaviour is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Trying to work out the reason for your child’s behaviour is the first step in meeting the challenge. The content in this section of the Raising Children website is designed to give you information about common behavioural issues and the factors that cause them.

Tools and strategies

Parents can benefit from having a range of behaviour guidance tools in their parenting toolkit. In this toolkit, we have brought together several research-based ideas and strategies you can use to deal with your child’s behaviour in positive and constructive ways. These strategies are based on the science of human learning. They have been tested over and over again in many practical situations involving children.

Sharpening your skills

You have probably heard many of these ideas. You might also be using many of the strategies here naturally. In each toolkit piece, we provide ‘how to’ information and tips that you can use to refine your skills in this area. Sometimes small adjustments can make a strategy much more effective.

Choosing tools that are right for you

It’s worth keeping in mind that no single strategy will fix everything. Some strategies might work better than others for your family and situation. You will probably have to use a few strategies in combination – we’ve given you tips on how to do this.

More than behaviour management

Finally, strategies in the behaviour toolkit cannot be expected to work in a vacuum. Attempts to guide your child’s behaviour will always work best when you’re investing significant time and effort in building a positive atmosphere in your home and strengthening your relationship with affection and communication.

Read more about the different tools by using the links in the left hand menu.

  • Last updated or reviewed 15-06-2010