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Posted On July - 20 - 2011 0 Comment

It is important to understand that in the first six months of life children do not have the notion of ‘doing harm’. No child can understand that his crying makes you angry and he will not stop because what he is doing is upsetting you. When the child reaches the remote control buttons he does it because he likes to explore and learn how things work, he has no idea that can irritate adults. It is normal for children to be curious about the world around them. Exploration will be done by touches and he will not resist the temptation to reach the TV or anything else he can touch.

Key steps in educating the child:
– It is impossible to spoil too much a newborn, when the baby cries he needs of your attention immediately. Do not hesitate.
– The child cannot be naughty in the sense that he is doing things just to upset you
– Children under one year do not have a long term memory. Just because you told him yesterday not to do something does not mean it will not be tempted to try it again today, he just cannot help himself.
– If you want to stop your child to do something the best way is to distract him with a new activity. For example, if you give him a toy he will gladly give you the keys you need. Distraction works better than shouting, threats and hitting.

The introduction of limits and education:
As children grow, between nine months and one year you can start to educate them. You can teach your child the behavior you expect and the difference between good and bad.
– Praise your child – he will not understand why some things upset you. Paying attention and praising the behavior you want to encourage works better than blaming the child who upset you. If you have to say ‘no’, save it for when you need a quick reaction, for example when the child is about to touch something hot. If you often say ‘no’ the baby will get used to it and will not react. Remember that the child will think it’s a game if you laugh after you say ‘no’.
– Be consistent – keep the same rules and limits from day to day. Build routines such as regular mealtimes and sleep time; it can help the child to understand what you want.
– Be positive – your child will learn how to behave by copying you. You have the opportunity to teach the child how to be good and friendly such as yourself.
– Keep your sense of humor – it can be difficult to be entertained when you see the keys thrown down the toilet or the toilet paper carried around the house. Where it is possible try to see the funny side of things. Smile imagining you will entertain your friends by telling stories of when he was little.

Be realistic. Do not expect too much too fast. It is normal for a six months child to have fun with food and is normal for a walking child to want to grab everything he can reach. Children will make many mistakes due to immaturity and lack of experience. It is a part of the learning process. They need that you impose some limits. For some it is enough to say ‘do not touch the video’, while others will need to be taken physically from there. Always explain him why is not good to do that thing. Note that the child learns through attempts and errors. He doesn’t know he upsets you, he just thinks ‘what happens if I do this?’.

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