Behaviour

by Elizabeth Bunning
(Leeds)

My son is 5 and seems to not understand what he has done is wrong and laughs. This drives me bonkers. Any ideas?

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Sep 13, 2011
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I understand
by: Anonymous

My dd has the same inappropriate response. I have determined that it is more of a coping mechanism. She knows she has done something wrong or she is in trouble and she does not know how to handle it. I can't tell you how to fix it, but when we approached it from this angle with our dd we were able to get her to stop. We talked with her about why she was laughing and offered better ways for her to cope with her emotions in those situations. She still does it when we are not present (say at school), but she no longer does it at home.

Jul 16, 2011
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Consequences
by: Anonymous

He seems to not understand? I think he does know and laughs. It's funny to him. You need to make him aware of how you feel about the behavior. Give him logical consequences. He made a mess? He cleans it up. You give him the tools and the instructions to do it. No punitive attitude, just be matter-of-fact. He hit someone? Make him aware that if he wants friends he needs to be as "nice" as he wants others to be. Role play social behavior with him frequently and maybe give him some external positive reinforcement, such as a star chart for targeting positive behavior. Of course this is off the top of my head and I have no knowledge of your child nor what you are defining as "wrong", but good luck!

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