In the last post, we discussed how important it is to change your mindset when it comes to children’s behaviors. We also worked on three action steps that can help you change your mindset when you become stressed or angry. In this post we will look at two more action steps that will build on the answers that you gave in the previous action steps. These action steps are adapted from the Conscious Discipline program by Dr. Becky Bailey.
- Step Four: Identify the action that the child does that causes you to feel stress. Does the child:
- Throw toys?
- Run around the classroom?
- Hit other classmates?
- Bite other students?
- Some other action?
- Step Five: Recognize what your actions are when you become upset. What do you feel inclined to do when you are upset? A good place to start is to fill in the blanks in this statement:
- While upset, my inclination is to punish by ________________ or get the child to feel bad by _______________ or to blame ________________.