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Manage challenging behaviour

What to do with this activity?

As parents, you can help your child to develop self control and learn to manage their emotions. Laying the foundation of self-control in these early years will help your child interact with the world in the future, especially when it doesn't go the way they want. Watch the Zero to Three video above. The key points in the video are to:

1) show empathy and try to understand how your child is feeling.

2) stay calm.

3) talk out loud, and help them name their feelings.

4) be consistent with rules and limits.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life. 

  • How can I do more?

    Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.

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