1. Let Children Find Their Own Solutions
Kids get into conflicts, it is natural. Make sure to give them plenty of time to work out their disagreements on their own before you step in. If thing’s get a little too intense, then step in and help them resolve their issue, but make sure to give them ample time to work out these differences on their own. Kids need to learn how to resolve conflicts on their own before a caretaker steps in.
2. Keep a Light Mood No Matter What
If the kids aren’t listening to you try keeping the mood comical and light. Ignore their requests until they have heard what you have to say and answer your. questions. If you give in to bad behavior, you run the risk of losing control of the other children as they will follow the attitude that gets rewarded.
3. Walk Away from Tantrums
It may be a hard thing to do, but you have to try your best to ignore tantrums and not reward children for bad behavior. Leaving the room is oftentimes the best choice to make, this way you give them plenty of time to simmer down and see the mistake they made. When no one is watching, you will be surprised how quickly the tantrum can be subdued. Avoid talking to them until they have simmered down.
4. Have a Routine and Give Notices
When it comes to routines like bedtime, brushing your teeth, or doing chores, make sure you give the kids ample notice beforehand so they can mentally prepare. Offer rewards if they don’t complain or argue, like story times. This can be a great motivating factor for the children
5. Confront Aggressive Behavior Immediately
If a child begins to act aggressively, make sure to stop it immediately and let them know that this behavior is unacceptable. Putting kids in time-out is a great strategy for teaching discipline because it allows us to “ignore” them while they calm down and think about their behavior, and then praise them once they apologize.
Make sure to discuss discipline measures with your babysitter/nanny so they know what is acceptable and what is not. Communication is one of the keys to life, so make sure you are using it with them to convey all your expectations