Common Behavior Problems

Common Behavior Problems

  • Give me a Break! Pencil Sharpening, Bathroom Breaks, and Drinks of Water

    Give me a Break! Pencil Sharpening, Bathroom Breaks, and Drinks of Water

              I have papers to grade for my college class and I’m having a hard time staying focused. I get a drink, put in a load of wash, check my email….you probably know the routine yourself. Read More

  • Stealing


                Do you have a child who steals in your class? There are many reasons why children might steal, so the first step is to try to identify why. Try to set aside any of your personal emotions about stealing. Read More

  • Thumb Sucking/Pacifiers

    Thumb Sucking/Pacifiers

                It’s interesting to see how differently people react to children sucking their thumbs and using pacifiers. Children naturally suck their thumbs –often from time they have enough coordination to get their thumb to their mouth. Read More

  • Swear Words/ Curses/ Bathroom Talk

    Swear Words/ Curses/ Bathroom Talk

           I remember my own two-year old proudly exclaiming “oh sh*t” one day. Clearly he had learned it from me and I was pretty horrified! Children learn at an early age that certain words are very powerful and get a huge reaction from adults. I have found that children use swear words in two different ways. Read More

  • Tattling


                Children tattle on each other when they are used to an environment in which children are punished for misbehaviors. The first step in reducing tattling is to create an environment in which children feel psychologically safe. Read More

  • Persona Dolls: Anti-Bias Teaching

    Persona Dolls: Anti-Bias Teaching

    Ever wonder how to talk to children about the unfair way that some people are treated because of skin color, language, disability, gender, and so on? Do you find these topics hard to talk about? You’re not alone. Many of us hope that if we ignore these biases, they will not affect children. Read More

  • Apology-in-Action


    Should we force children to apologize? Tough question, and I think the answer lies in what we are teaching children when we make this decision. If we insist that a child apologizes, even if she is not at all sorry for her actions, we run into a problem. Children learn that we should say “I’m sorry” even when we don’t mean it or when we don’t know what we did wrong. Read More