Behaviour Toolkit articles
About 'Tools to encourage good behaviour'
About 'Tools to encourage good behaviour'
An introduction to our guide to encouraging good behaviour. Explains how to use the Raising Children Network tools to encourage good behaviour and discourage unwanted behaviour. Also includes basic information on behaviour management.
Using attention to improve behaviour
Using attention to improve behaviour
What’s the secret to encouraging good behaviour in children? Give them lots of positive attention when they’re behaving well. This article explains.
Praise, encouragement and rewards
Praise, encouragement and rewards
An outline of how descriptive praise, encouragement and rewards build self-esteem and encourage good behaviour in children and teenagers.
Routines
Routines
A guide to using routines to help your child behave better, encourage good behaviour in your children, and help your family life run more smoothly.
Handling transitions
Handling transitions
A guide to helping your child switch from one activity to another more easily. Includes tips for using transitions to improve children's behaviour and encourage good behaviour.
Planning ahead: behaviour management tool
Planning ahead: behaviour management tool
You can use planning ahead as a behaviour management tool to help you and your child get through challenging situations. Read more.
Helping your child develop more skills
Helping your child develop more skills
A guide to developing children's skills and improving children's behaviour through instructions (teaching by telling), modelling (teaching by showing), shaping (teaching by approximations), and teaching step-by-step.
Family rules
Family rules
A guide to family rules, including information on making clear rules for family life, involving children in family rules, how many rules to make, and how to make rules work.
Requests and instructions
Requests and instructions
A guide to asking your child to do something in the form of a request or instruction. Includes tips for giving effective instructions, getting children to do what you want, and helping children learn how to follow commands and be obedient. Also discusses how effective instructions can encourage good behaviour in children.
Changing your child's environment
Changing your child's environment
A guide to how environment or surroundings affect your child's behaviour, and ways you can change the environment to make your child behave differently.
Consequences
Consequences
A guide to using consequences to deal with a child's difficult behaviour. Includes information on natural consequences, related consequences, loss of privileges and time-out.
Systematic ignoring
Systematic ignoring
A guide to using systematic ignoring to deal with behaviour problems in young children. Includes tips and information on how giving and withholding attention can shape children's behaviour.
Time-out
Time-out
A guide to what time-out is, why it works and how best to use it in your situation. Also discusses combining time-out with other discipline techniques to encourage good behaviour.
Using reward charts successfully
Using reward charts successfully
A step-by-step guide to using star charts, reward charts, rewards charts and sticker charts to encourage good behaviour and change difficult behaviour in preschoolers, school-age children and children aged 3-8 years.
'Beat the buzzer' game
'Beat the buzzer' game
A guide to playing 'Beat the buzzer', a morning routine game to get children ready on time for school or child care.