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Why children’s mindset matters

The beliefs children hold about their own intelligence, talents and abilities are formed early. By understanding how to work with mindsets, parents play a role in helping children develop beliefs that support them through their early years and beyond.

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Signs your child might be a perfectionist

Perfectionism typically has a bad reputation but as Associate Professor Naomi Sweller points out, it isn’t always a negative trait. Children may however feel anxious about not meeting expectations. So what are signs your child might be a perfectionist?

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How to respond to negative self-talk

Preschoolers may experience anxiety when stepping into unfamiliar environments and this can manifest into negative self-talk. Professor Adam Guastella says this is normal and a common response to facing challenges. He looks at how parents can help.

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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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Tantrums and meltdowns: How to respond

When your child is raging, crying or screaming during a tantrum, it is possible to feel the need to join in with the explosion of emotions. Dr Becky Kennedy says tantrums offer us the power to demonstrate how to stay calm and manage your own emotions.

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Should parents use rewards and praise?

Praise and reward make sense when you need your child's cooperation. Or do they? Parenting author Alfie Kohn describes it as a form of 'sugar-coated control' and warns against dangling incentives in front of children. So if not rewards, what is the answer?

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Listening: How to get your child to listen

Getting your children to listen and do as they are told can seem like an impossible parenting task. Dr Becky Kennedy suggests that the best way to understand why children don’t cooperate is to understand why we, at times, don’t cooperate or comply.

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Why positive discipline practices work

For decades parents and communities have debated the most effective ways of disciplining children. Discipline is helping your child understand how to behave – and how not to behave. So does punishment have a role and can positive discipline work?

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