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It can be frustrating if you tell your children to do something and they don’t do it. But as a parent, you can change your child’s behavior through calm, clear commands. There are also times when ignoring, time out, or sticker charts may be helpful tools.
When you don’t like what your child is doing but it is not causing harm (for example: whining, making silly noises), just ignore it! You can respond by not responding. Children often stop bad behavior when you ignore them, since they are just looking for attention. To do this you can:
Note: Parents should not ignore a child if they are causing physical harm.
Use time-out to stop bad behavior and to help your child gain inner control. Do not use it as a punishment. Use it to help your child calm down.
Time-out works best for big behavior problems, like hitting or out-of-control screaming. Try using time-out when all else fails. Here’s how:
As opposed to disciplining your child for bad behavior, sticker charts are a good tool for rewarding children good behavior. Tell children how the chart will work and how they have to behave to get their stickers. When they earn a certain number of stickers, give them a special reward that you have chosen together. Sticker charts can help your kids learn to make their beds, clean up, do homework, etc. Here’s how to use them:
UPMC also offers several parenting workshops, both virtual and in-person in the Pittsburgh area. A list of current classes and workshops can be found on this page.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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