How To Home School Children With Behavior Issues

by | Apr 16, 2019

 

 

Children often have a good reason for behaving the way they do.  Children’s brains are geared toward children’s issues.  Adult brains are geared toward adult issues.  Sometimes, adults just don’t understand children and children have a hard time understanding adults.

Behavior issues with 7-year-old children are different than teenage behavior issues.  And these are different and distinct from preschool for behavior issues.

During childhood, the brain relies very significantly on the ability to move in a reasonably functional and age appropriate manner.  Coordinating movement, any movement, sets up the brain for learning.  Behavior issues can result when a child’s drive to master their environment through their own actions competes with the child’s actual ability to coordinate themselves to successfully navigate a tabletop game, such as Chutes and Ladders, a recess game such as tether ball, and a young child’s ability to coordinate safe movements in the home despite perils of drawers closing on fingers, stairs causing climbing problems, and hard surfaces to collide into.

Sometimes parents prefer to home school their children who seem to have repeated behavior issues while on a typical school campus.  The quieter and more individualized educational environment at home can be helpful for children to slow down and process the events going on around them.  With compassionate conversations you may discover that your child tends to leap to conclusions and, often, there is a pattern to this leaping.  Some children feel like they are always being told no or they complain that they can “never” do what they want to do and complain that “you always” make me wear that shirt.

While in a home school environment, parents should gently challenge their children’s black and white thinking, encouraging competing dialog’s and alternative ways of thinking of the same circumstance.   For example, you could say, “Really?  Did I make you wear that shirt yesterday?  How about when we visited your friend with the new pet?”

 

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