Bad behaviour in kids is infectious. If it is not stopped early, it will grow and grow until is too hard to handle. Thankfully, if you know what you are doing you can stop this happening.
The things is, kids are learners. From a very young age, they will try out new things just to see what happens. This is them testing their boundaries, as well as what does and doesn’t work. They aren’t trying to be ‘naughty’ intentionally, they are just trying everything they can and seeing what works. It is your job as a parent or carer to help guide this process. You need to inform them what is acceptable, and what is classed as unacceptable.
Letting Bad Behaviour Slide
Something I’ve seen many a time, is parents letting bad behaviour slide. Usually it’s because of one of these reasons:
- They don’t know how to deal with this behaviour or say “No” to their kids.
- They feel punishing their kids will make their kids not love them.
- “They’re only young and it’s cute. It’s not hurting anyone.”
- “I had a strict upbringing so want my child to be able to do anything they want”.
No matter what the reason is, by letting this bad behaviour continue, you’re actually encouraging it. This behaviour will lead to bigger issues as life goes on, as they will feel they can do what they want when they want. As society of course won’t let that happen, you’re setting your child up to have a lot of problems.
Controlling Bad Behaviour
If you simply don’t know how to discipline your kids, then there is hope. This can be learnt. If however you simply don’t want to punish your children for whatever reason, you are actually doing them more harm then good. They will end up not listening to or respecting you, and will find it very hard to get through life.
It is important to control bad behaviour as soon as possible. If you stop them from doing things that are bad, they will learn how to carry themselves in the correct manner. They will also become accustomed to listening to you, and gain their own awareness of what is good and bad. Kids won’t hate you for showing them right from wrong, they will love you no matter what. Show you love them back by stopping their bad behaviour, and helping them become the best person they can be.