Everything that a child sees or experiences has an impact on their behavior, and so, parents have to be cautious enough of what their children are watching, playing or doing. While giving kids freedom at an early age makes them more confident, it can also sometimes trigger negative notions in them. To curb these, a plain and a firm ‘no’ is enough to make them understand what is, and what is not, allowed.
Another way of combating the problem is by letting things go on for a while and giving the child enough time to understand the consequences for himself. For example, if a child ignores the parent and has water after having plantains, it is evident that the child will have stomach problems the next day. Rest assured, the child will never drink water after consuming plantains ever.
A life full of choices is a life best lived. Therefore, parents should encourage children to make choices as early as possible. The choices can be as simple as the attire they wish to wear, or something as serious as what they would do with their pocket-money. Not only will this make them realize the importance of taking responsibility, but will also give them confidence to make their own and right decisions.
Adolescence or teenage can be a crucial time for a child during his growing years. Children go through physical and mental changes during this time and therefore, their behavior and temperament also undergoes a lot of fluctuations. It is crucial for parents to be more supportive during these times. If the rebel in your child has finally come out during these years, the best way is to play it down for a while. Teenagers, especially, do some things sometimes just to get into arguments or gain attention. If parents don’t argue with them, in the heat of the moment, chances are that the value of the action may go a few notches down.