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Parenting Tips For Children Entering Childcare

It does not matter whether your child is a young baby or a three-year-old, when it is time for your child to enter a childcare facility for the first time, every parent's nerves are on edge. Because children pick up on stress and anxiety of parents, it is helpful to carefully think about the care process in advance. That is where these parenting tips are beneficial to you. From managing your nerves on the first day to packing the perfect snack box for your child, there are plenty of ways you can prepare yourself and your child to make their childcare experience a raging success.



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Parenting Tips for Children Entering Childcare

Working with Teachers to Help Correct Your Child When They Misbehave

by Jane Fletcher

Kindergarten years are a valuable learning experience for children. This is also the time when kids are most likely to misbehave or break certain rules because they don't quite understand them. While misbehaviour is common, you should always be prepared to correct your child appropriately during this period.

Kindergarten teachers do a good job of keeping kids in line while at school. But what happens when your child crosses the line? This is where you should step in as a parent and work with your child's teacher to correct the misbehaviour. Children who receive correction from both parties are more likely to modify their behaviour and be successful at school.

Take time to understand the issue

Many parents are too eager to discipline their kids even before clearly understanding what the problem is. You should start by taking the time to decipher the issue with the help of your child's teacher. You can also draw some cause-effect relationships between school behaviour and when your child is at home. For example, is your child talking too much in class and yet is very quiet at home? This may be due to something going on within the home environment.

There are other behavioural issues that may be caused by adjusting to the school schedule, interests that your child may have, and much more.

Don't ignore your child's perspective

Some behavioural issues are easier to understand than others. This is why you should take the time to talk to your child and get a better understanding of their perspective. For example, the child may not even realise what they're doing wrong or even the consequences of a particular action. Get their perspective and prepare a plan for addressing the issue.

Clearly explain the problem to your child

When talking to your child, you may be tempted to ramble on and on about why they should change their behaviour. But a better approach is to be specific, calm and thorough in your explanation. Choose a time when your child is relaxed and likely to pay attention to what you have to say. You may also hold a meeting between you, your child and the teacher. In this way, you can both emphasise the issue at hand and guide your child towards the correct path.

Develop a practical and actionable solution

After the problem is stated, make sure your child has understood the solution. The good idea is to have them write it down so they can refer to it later. Your child's teacher should also have a say in the solution and how it can be applied while at school.

For more information about childcare, contact a school or childcare centre in your area.