How can you curb the unpleasant behaviour in your child?

How can you curb the unpleasant behaviour in your child?

Growing a child could not be that easy and fun. Their cute faces and pretty smiles could make your heart skip a beat but as they grow, their naughty behaviour and inappropriateness could rush your blood with anger.

That’s a part of parenthood. As a parent, you may experience some failed trials to teach your kid to behave pleasantly but do not lose it yet. Hold onto your nerve and try some of the tricks and tips.

Curb the unpleasant behaviour out:

Do the talking:

The first approach could always be talking to your child. You do not need to yell at them as it would serve no purpose at all. Instead, when you sit and talk, you get a chance to explain your kid briefly why that particular behaviour was not appropriate and made you unhappy. Tell your child how you get treated based on how they behave or act. Doing so gives your kid a chance to understand things more easily and you would not have to do much.

unpleasant behaviour in your child

Be patient:

As a parent, you may want to pull your hair out the head in anger. But will simply make it difficult for you to tackle the situation. You need to be patient and give time. Every kid takes his own time to understand what they have been doing wrong and rushing this process may not be satisfactory. Breathe and try to be calm yourself, whenever it gets tough.

Tell out the expectations:

You do not have to scream at your kid every time they do not put their toys in place or throw its bag away after school and stuff. You need to clearly put in front of them what you expect them to do and what not. This gives them a better picture with a proper understanding.

Share responsibilities:

A great way to curb unpleasant behaviour is by making your child responsible for certain chores. It could be packing their own bag, or refilling all the water bottles in the fridge, watering the plants every day and anything small.

 This will give your kid an idea of being grown-up and would automatically try to improve themselves. Do not forget to praise your kid periodically. Because if not, it may seem that what they do is not appreciated, and they might not want to continue doing it.

Note yourself:

If you do not behave in a pleasant manner, neither would your 10-year-old. Regardless the age, kids learn and imitate their parents more than anybody else. If you happen to talk to your partner in a witty manner, your child will do the same. If you lose your temper in front of your child, He may behave similarly. So you always have to mark every move of yours when your children are around. Be composed.

Curb the unpleasant behaviour in child

Set clear consequences:

You could not always deal more easily because that will let your child know that he would not lose anything when being wrong and will merely be talked to. Your child should know the consequences of their behaviour which is not expected from him. For instance, let your child know that he would not be allowed to watch a cartoon or play with friends if he does not finish his homework until evening.

Do not accept excuses:

Never let your child fool you away with excuses. Hear what they have got to say, but do not always accept it. If you accept it today, it may turn to be a loophole for them tomorrow. It could be anything like saying, “how would I know that all the water bottles are empty yet and need to be refilled. I forgot to check.” It may be fair when they are some filled but not all.

Prevent it:

Your kid may always start to behave unpleasantly when hungry or bored. As a parent, you need to remember when they had their last snacks? Is it time yet to go to the park? Do I let him go rid of a bicycle with his friends? Does he need a break from studies? Doing so will make your kid to be satisfied and not start to crib.

Let them have Incentives:

Appreciations may not always be enough. Let your child be rewarded once a while. Make them excited and want to behave nicely. Take them a cake for scoring better than their last exam or make a chart and 10 ticks of right things mean you would take them to the gaming zone. Make it fun for them.

Coping strategies:

Let your kid know that its ok to be upset or dissatisfied at times. They could not always be pleased and neither can they behave inappropriately because of that. Teach them to talk to you about it or do the “Om” chanting. Breath in and out if necessary and not take anything to heart.

Lastly, never be too hard on your kid. They will grow and understand. We all learn with time and so will they. Happy Parenting.


1. Talk to your kid about the rights and wrongs. Let them also know that its okay to be disappointed sometimes and need not be shown in anger.
2. Note your moves as kids learn from their parents.
3. Don’t just set up rules but also the consequences. Remember not to be too hard on them.
4. Give them responsibilities and appreciate them when completed.

How can you curb the unpleasant behaviour in your child?

Curb the unpleasant behaviour out

Do the talking

Be patient

Tell out the expectations

Share responsibilities

Note yourself

Set clear consequences

Do not accept excuses

Prevent it


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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