Productive Ways to Address Non-Preferred Behavior
Accept set-back – realize our lives become busy and full of demands.
Don’t let disappointments and natural interruptions derail your attempts to keep your child on a healthy activity schedule for the majority of his or her time. Remember, interruptions will happen and the best schedules allow flexibility for your child to explore new things that pop-up like participating in a new after school interest or attending a birthday party. Deviations from routine are sometimes very healthy and can spark new motivation and improved mood.
Reliably meet the physical needs (exercise, rest, and nutrition) of your child.
Always rule out medical issues first when your child’s behavior appears different and of concern. Seek the opinion of your medical provider to look at the most simple possible contributing factors for significant behavioral disturbances prior to examining more abstract causes of behavior.
Enjoy your child!
Have fun taking part in at least a few activities with your child. When children see their parents having a good time, they are often more motivated to continuously participate in those activities and demonstrate sustained interest and personal fulfillment in positive activities. Leaving less time for non-preferred activities can be a fun experience together!
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