If your child automatically resorts to throwing things when they are angry or don’t get their own way, I suggest you insist they pick up the objects. I’ve fostered many children who throw things in anger, often because their parents do.
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Following my last blog on the importance of mealtimes I thought it might be useful to say a few words about some of the problems connected with eating.
Since the publication of my most recent book, Saving Danny, in which I used a number of strategies for managing Danny’s behaviour, including the closed choice, I have received many emails from readers saying they’d tried the closed choice and were amazed at how successful it was.
Many young people in care feel they have limited say in the decisions that affect their lives and this can have a knock-on effect on their behaviour. Having relinquished responsibility for their actions they no longer hold themselves accountable for the outcome of any negative behaviour.
As foster carers we often look after children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or exhibit the symptoms of this condition.
We are all familiar with the naughty step which may also be a naughty chair, spot, or corner.
So what constitutes behavioural difficulties or a child out of control, and does it apply to your child?
We’ve all done it. We arrive at a support group meeting singing the praises of the child who has just arrived to live with us, and who had a reputation for very challenging behaviour but it is now an angel. We give ourselves a little pat on the back. It was easy really.
One of the issues I explore in my book Happy Kids is that of respect.
“We are what we eat”.