Playing by the rules
Many of the problem behaviours that children are exhibiting in early childhood centres are a direct result of the way they are being parented at home.
Many children are struggling with having boundaries and consequences when at kindergarten.
The way you parent is entirely your choice, but also accept that children will learn about how to behave while they are at kindergarten and it is important for you to support this learning.
Make it quite clear to your children what is expected of them. They are expected to do these things each day and behave in this manner.
It is also really important that you follow through with the rules and if your child doesn’t do as expected, then there will be a consequence.
Children then begin to understand that if I do this, then this happens. Start small by only having a few rules and expected behaviours then it is easier for you as a parent to manage.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll share some ideas of how important discipline is and other things you can do to help your child learn.
Brenda Holdaway is the Whanau Facilitator at Nelson Tasman Kindergartens.