Problems With Social Behaviors
Young children with poor emotional regulation skills, those with developmental issues, and teens struggling with changing identities sometimes flaunt socially acceptable behavior in the pursuit of getting their way. These strategies will help short-circuit rude or dismissive actions.
- Children lie for a number of reasons. Confront your child when you catch them saying something that isn’t true. Rather than anger, however, seek to understand why they chose to not tell the truth. Help them understand why their lie was wrong.
- Impatient people of all ages complicate simple social functions for everyone. If your child has a hard time waiting for their turn, teach them the finer points of patience by modeling acceptable behavior. Watch your words as much as your actions. Even if your body is still, your complaints will be noted.
- Impolite and angry speech is unacceptable in most situations. To help them handle big emotions in public, remove them from the situation and give them time to calm down. Talk to them about their behavior. Have them make an apology before rejoining the activities, if appropriate.
Everyone loves children. They’re cute, funny, and inspire us to meditate on the memory of our own bygone innocence. However, their exuberance, constant curiosity, and lack of respect for social etiquette can be overwhelming for other adults in restaurants, churches, and other public places. Here are six things your kids might be doing that frustrate or cause discomfort for other people and some tips on how to encourage more positive social behaviors.
Disregard for Personal and Common Spaces
What we think of as rambunctious child’s play is just messy and disrespectful to other adults. Teach your children to respect personal space and common areas to reduce irritation to others in attendance.
- Yelling, running, crying, and throwing tantrums can disrupt formal events and interrupt everyone’s enjoyment. If your child is having a hard time controlling their emotions, take them to a quiet area removed from the main events.
- During family celebrations, a physically or verbally aggressive child ruins the fun for everyone. If you know your child is prone to bully behavior, set some consequences for these actions before attending the event. Follow through swiftly if an infraction of the agreed-upon rules occurs. Immediately remove violent children from the play area before they can cause any harm.
- Teach your child to practice the same hygienic standards in public as they do at home. This includes using garbage cans, washing hands, and cleaning up any messes they make. Unsanitary children are a huge annoyance at eateries and functions where food is served.
Special needs families can help young ones fine-tune their understanding of personal space at home to reduce embarrassing mishaps.