The most effective way to manage unwanted behavior is to prevent it before it happens. Some effective strategies to promote positive behavior include establishing a routine, being consistent with your instructions, and having realistic expectations for the age and developmental level of your child. For example, you can’t expect most two year olds to sit and attend to an activity for more than 10-15 minutes at a time! Challenging behaviors can be different things to different people. You may not be able to tolerate whining, while your next door neighbor might have more problems with a child who bites or hits. Although there are general developmental guidelines, each child is unique and has their own personality and temperament. Temperament can be defined as the way a child approaches and reacts to the world around them. Some children are friendly with everyone they meet and others are a little more shy. This is just one example of temperament. An individual child’s temperament greatly affects their everyday behavior. Because there are so many factors that influence behavior, it is unrealistic to list strategies or techniques that work for everyone. Keep your child’s temperament and personality in mind as you explore resources below. If you need help with specific at home behaviors, please contact your child’s teacher or one of our behavior specialists.