Prevention tools stop misbehavior before it starts. Anytime you are faced
with misbehavior, ask yourself, How could I prevent this behavior
from occurring in the first place? These 17 tools can be used in
some combination to prevent problems.
Thinking Prevention First
In each of the three tool sets (Prevention, Guidance, Consequences),
tools are organized into three levels of difficulty and challenge:
Note the color symbol associate with each level. This division represents
how difficult it might be, in general, to actually use the tool effectively.
Of course, a lot depends on the child and the experience of the parent.
Ages given for each tool are approximations only.
Clicking on the tool will take you to a description of that tool and
at least one example of its use.
Change Your Attitude...
your thinking about the misbehavior (all ages)
minor misbehavior (all ages)
Teach values and behavior...
the desirable behavior yourself (all ages)
stories to make a point (all ages)
specific instructions (all ages)
child for a difficulty (4-18 years)
child being good (all ages)
progress reports (5-18 years)
Change the situation...
the surroundings (all ages)
the activity (2-11 years)
redirect (2-4 years)
physically closer (all ages)
reassuring routines (2-16 years)
transitions (3-8 years)
interest in what your child does (all ages)
real affection (all ages)
each other's company (all ages)