We have topics ranging from "How to Transition from Nap Time to Rest Time", all the way to "Transitioning Your Focus to Positive Behavior" (which you'll find right here)! With Caroline approaching the "terrible twos", we've made an extra effort to focus on positive behavior and natural consequences so she knows what's expected of her. I hope you enjoy these blogs today!
Transitioning Your Focus to Positive Behavior and Natural Consequences
Whether you have a toddler or a high schooler, or anything in between, research has shown that punishment for bad behavior typically doesn't solve the problem long term. Students that receive punishment such as getting sent to the principals office, or being grounded at home, or even suspended from school for a bit... it's rarely a one time occurrence. You typically see the same students in the office, and find that the same students get suspended over and over again. Obviously, the suspensions are an extreme example, but a clear one. The punishment is not something that is working and they simply become repeat offenders. The same holds true all the way down to the toddler age. At the older ages it becomes essential to troubleshoot the reason for the behavior and address the root cause rather than simply having a reaction in the moment. Sometimes that is also necessary at the toddler age, but more often than not your toddler is simply testing boundaries and still learning what's expected of them. Toddlers literally have to be taught EVERYTHING. They may not have any idea yet, that it is not ok to hit or throw things. They may be simply seeking the attention that a behavior like that gets them (even if it is negative).
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Check out all of the wonderful BFBN posts today that are on the topic of "Transitions":
Valerie- How To Transition to Just One Child Home
(What to do with the youngest child while older siblings are at school)
Carrie- Transitioning From Nap Time to Rest Time
Natasha- How We Transition a New Foster Kid Into Our Home
Kimberly- Transitions: Helping My Child Move Across The Country