Pure consistency, calm certainty

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By Paul Dixbehaviour specialist

Take a look at our advice on how to avoid inconsistent responses to poor behaviour

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Avoid emotional responses

Emotional responses to poor behaviour are, by their nature, inconsistent and often unpredictable. The trouble is that a truly sustainable consistent approach does not come in a packet. It is hard fought and easily lost.

Consistency lies in an emotionally intelligent response to poor behaviour. It lies in adults’ ability to disconnect emotion from poor behaviour and reconnect it to appropriate behaviour. The rule is simple: when children behaviour appropriately, give them your passion, enthusiasum, humour, praise and emotion. When they choose to behave poorly, give them what they don’t like: a cold, mechanical, dispassionate response.

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