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These 12 tips encourage good behaviour in children of all ages.

  1. Children do as you do. Your child watches you to get her clues on how to behave in the world, so, as a role model, use your own behaviour to guide her. What you do is often much more important than what you say. If you want your child to say ‘please’, say it yourself. If you don’t want your child to raise her voice, keep your voice at a reasonable level too.
  2. Keep promises. When you follow through on your promises, good or bad, your child learns to trust and respect you. So when you promise to go for a walk after she picks up her toys, make sure you have your walking shoes handy. When you say you will leave the library if she doesn’t stop running around, be prepared to leave straight away if she continues. No need to make a fuss about it – the more matter of fact, the better. Read more
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