Say the behaviour you want to see Use positive words when telling your child what to do; like ‘Please put your clothes away’ (instead of ‘Don’t make a mess’)
Stay calm Shouting at your child will just make you and them more stressed and angrier. Get your child’s attention by using their name. Speak in a calm voice.
Praise your child when they are behaving well. Try praising your child or teenager for something they have done well. They may not show it, but you’ll see them doing that good thing again. It will also reassure them that you notice and care.
Create a flexible but consistent daily routine
- make a schedule for you and your children that has time for structured activities as well as free time. This can help children feel more secure and better behaved.
- If your child is attending the ECD Centre, make sure you talk to them about the safety measures before they enter the premises.
- Include exercise in each day - this helps with stress and kids with lots of energy at home.
Teach your child about keeping safe distances
- If it is OK as per the current guidelines, get children outside.
- You can reassure your child by talking about how you are keeping safe.
- Listen to their suggestions and take them seriously.
Make handwashing and hygiene fun
- Make a 40-second song for washing hands. Add actions!
- Give children points and praise for regular handwashing.
- Make a game to see how few times we can touch our faces with a reward for the least number of touches (you can count for each other).
You are a model for your child's behaviour
- If you practice keeping safe distances, proper hygiene and wearing the mask when necessary yourself, and treat others with compassion, especially those who are sick or vulnerable - your children will learn from you. At the end of each day, take a minute to think about the day. Tell your child about one positive or fun thing they did. Praise yourself for what you did well today.