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Lies and theft have become commonplace among schoolchildren, especially adolescents. But such behavior is unacceptable, it is necessary to fight it in order to prevent serious consequences.
In some children, this behavior indicates serious psychological problems, but in most cases these are ordinary incorrect behavioral patterns that can be corrected. Such habits are more common in boys than in girls, and are most common at the age of 5–8 years. If you catch a child in a lie or theft, it is important to consider his age and stage of development.
Children under the age of 3 years never intentionally lie and steal – they can experiment with words and entertaining facts that they see around. By the age of 6–7 years, the child begins to understand that lying and stealing is wrong from a moral point of view. Consider several ways to correct this behavior of the child. Continue reading
Parents can and should teach their child discipline. The task of parents is to voice their expectations of the child’s behavior, explain to him the rules, norms and moral values. Children need to be constantly disciplined so that they can learn from their mistakes. Also, discipline provides the child with safety and gives him an understanding of what he can and cannot do.
Discipline helps the child learn and change their behavior. However, parental attempts to control their child can become excessive and harm him. When it comes to discipline of children, there is a very fine line between the attempts of parents to teach a child to discipline and violence against him. Parents and teachers must understand where this line passes, and in no case cross it.
In many countries, legislation is very strict on physical and mental abuse of children. In addition, abused children receive severe emotional trauma, the consequences of which they experience throughout their lives.
Consider the main differences between discipline and child abuse: Continue reading
Anger and disobedience are normal reactions of a person when they feel threatened or fearful. This reaction is natural for both adults and children, regardless of whether the threat is real and comes from the outside world or is inside us (for example, when we are deeply upset, confused, feel grief or frustration). Anger or disobedience can ease the feeling of powerlessness and relieve pain for a while.
Young children are not yet able to cope with disappointments, as they do not possess the necessary skills for this. Their psyche is not yet sufficiently developed so that they can see the real causes of their disorders. They cannot calm themselves and regulate their reactions. Punishing a child for bad behavior in such cases is not only unfair, but also unproductive. From this he feels even more impotence and anger.
But, if punishment only reinforces the child’s bad behavior, how to cope with his bad behavior? What can be done if the child shows anger or disobedience? Continue reading