Use apps and online resources to help you understand your child’s negative behavior, how to help them manage it, and how to keep them quiet and happy in places like the library.
As a parent, you can never have all the answers when it comes to why your child does certain things, say certain things, or acts in a certain way. A child’s good and bad behavior can come from many places. Good news is there are apps that can help you navigate these areas and help you be a great parent by understanding your kid's behaviors and positive ways to manage them, and keep your kids happy. Bad behavior does not mean your child is bad, it means something is going on with he or she, and sometimes it’s hard to understand what it is. Apps can be used as tools to help you and your child to get to the root of the problem. Child behavior problems and solutions can be as easy as downloading an app like breath, think, and do with Sesame which can help your child handle frustrating situations and teaches them to think about how to handle the situation with problem solving and self control. Children at a young age have a hard time expressing themselves, which can lead to bad behavior because of their frustration. There are apps that work with types of child behavior like frustration or anger to help the child find the words to express themselves with songs, drawing, or giving faces in the mirror that shows their feelings. You can also use apps like Classdojo which help you and your teacher message and communicate on a daily basis, which can be a beneficial tool in your child's behavior management plan.
Now that you have given your child the tools to express themselves so they don’t have to turn to outbursts to get attention, let’s keep them quiet and happy in places like the library. To begin with, children have a natural instinct to want to please their parents, so if you explain to them why you need to be quiet in a library simply and effectively, they will want to honor that expectation you give them. If you explain that it is library rules to be quiet, but also allow them to play their favorite app game if they are quiet, it gives them more reason to abide by your wishes. Keep kids entertained by using book apps that give more visual stimulation and allow your child to interact with the story. You know the importance of silence in a library, and even though you don’t always want your child looking into a screen, you can make the library a place where they get to play with apps like PBS kids games. These are educational apps that will make your kids happy while learning, and quiet at those times when silence is truly golden. If your kids are contributing to the library noise problem and you are getting frustrated in the moment, do not fret. Maybe you need someone to talk to as well. Counseling can help greatly and offer advice on how to deal with difficult situations for kids and adults alike. Consider getting an app like Talkspace, where you can explain your stressors and learn about tools to help you stay calm when your children are not acting the way you want, and turn it into a positive learning experience for both of you.
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