How to Promote Positive Behaviour in Preschoolers

We all understand the value of positive behaviour in life. Unfortunately, however, not all individuals around us have this quality. A positive attitude not only helps overcome the toughest of challenges life puts us through, but also has a direct impact on our physical as well as mental wellbeing.  

In order to help our children grow into positive individuals, it is important to start very early. The first five years are extremely critical for the development of child. This is the time when we should start teaching them positive behaviour, manners, and good values.

Also, as parents and teachers, please remember that instead of a punitive approach, a constructive teaching style is much more effective in teaching a preschooler to be understanding, caring, and helpful.   

Discussed below are some of the most effective ways to promote positive behaviour in preschoolers 

Lead by Example:  

Practicing your teaching is one of the best ways to teach children about anything. This is probably the easiest and most effective technique of good parenting. All children observe their parents thoroughly and tend to pick behavioural patterns based on how their parents behave in their presence. For example, a toddler who sees his or her parents being kind and helpful to others is more likely to grow up to be a compassionate and considerate human being. Therefore, parents should always try to lead by example to ensure positive behaviour in their children.  

  • Be polite with everyone when your child is around.  
  • Don’t forget to praise your child for doing something good. 
  • Always listen to your child attentively and respond positively. This will help them develop positive listening skills.  
  • Toddlers love sharing their thoughts with parents. Similarly, try to share your thoughts with them. In addition to that, whenever possible, share your possessions, time, and space with them. This will teach your child that caring is all about sharing.   

Positivity in Tough Situations:  

There are many situations that can easily trigger a negative reaction in children. Most of them react negatively to being teased by someone or unwillingly sharing a favourite toy. Though these situations are apparently simple, they can be very stressful for a child. This is the time when parents should teach their kids to take things positively. For example, you can make them understand that sharing toys will help them build a better relationship with friends. Encouraging positivity at this age will help them deal better with negativity when they grow up.  

Dealing with Own Problems:   

As parents, we are often overprotective about our little ones. However, please note that it is not always a good idea to jump into your child’s defence. Often times, this weakens the child and makes them incapable of problem solving on their own. There is nothing wrong in helping out your child, but always let them try their best before stepping in. Therefore, refrain from helping until and unless your child seeks help from you.  

Before we conclude, please remember that children automatically pick up positive behaviour and good values as long as they observe the same in people around them. If you have more questions about your child’s early childhood development, please get in touch with us at Valley Heights Preschool Long Day Care Centre.