Back in the olden days, when a toddler misbehaved at school, the teacher brought out a paddle to instill physical discipline. In todays society, there are many more methods available to help a child understand their behavior without resulting to physical means. With todays preschools, there will be different tactics used to help a child that is misbehaving. Some schools may choose to do timeout while others will try to explain proper behavior to the child. It is important when enrolling your child in daycare or preschool that you determine the consequences for misbehaving so you know how your toddler will be treated. Below are a few examples of consequences that may be used for your child during the preschool years.
The first and most used method for handling a misbehaving toddler is with time out. Time out can be used in many ways to help the child change their behavior. When a child misbehaves, perhaps not sharing with others or speaks out during quiet time, the child will be placed in the timeout area. This is usually a particular area in the room that may include a stool or some type of special seating. The child will then spend a specific amount of time sitting still. If they are unable to sit still, the time frame will began again. In most schools, the time frame is based on age, so if a toddler is 2, they must sit for two minutes, 3-year olds for 3 minutes, etc. This tactic has proven to work well when instilled correctly.
Pulling a Card/Stick
Another option that can be used for older toddlers is the card/stick method. A chart is created and then when the child misbehaves they must pull their card or stick and place it in a different area. The child will then lose privileges and have to face certain punishment based on the degree of misbehavior. This method tends to work when the children understand they are losing special privileges, at around 3 to 4.
Rewarding good behavior can be the best way to avoid misbehavior. Sticker rewards can be a great way to teach young children how to act and how one can be rewarded for good behavior. A chart is made with each childs name and then they earn stickers for good behavior. Once enough stickers are earned they win a prize. Teachers can explain and show a misbehaving child the good behavior versus the bad behavior to help teach them the right way to act during class.
One option that teachers invoke is to discuss the behavior with the child. To give examples as to how the situation could have been handled better can teach the child why that behavior should not take place. However, this method is usually combined with other options to provide a form of punishment for the behavior.
Taking away privileges
Taking away any privileges that child has is another way to stop bad behavior. You will find a child will not want to miss out on what others are doing. So taking away television time or playtime will help the child understand that their behavior results in sadness by not being able to participate. They will not want to feel left out and the teacher can explain that if they had behaved differently, they would have been able to enjoy the activity as well. Learning by demonstration is the best way to teach a child the consequences of their behavior.
Overall, it is essential that you learn the different methods used at the school for your child. This way, you can be sure that your child will be treated fairly if they decide to misbehave during school hours, which happens eventually even to the best children!