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Corrective Teaching

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​​​​​Do you have to ask your child two or three times whenever you want something done? Do you argue with your child over 10 more minutes of play time? How about getting your child to clean his room?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your frustration is completely normal. Boys Town Pediatrics offers a disciplinary solution called Corrective Teaching.

Corrective Teaching is an effective way to constructively respond to your child's misbehavior. You can use this method in many situations where you want to 'correct' your child's behavior. For example, when your kids do not follow instructions or when they argue with your decisions.

Steps to Corrective Teaching:

  • Stop the problem behavior. - Ask your child to sit down or stop whatever activity he was doing and give you his full attention.
  • Give a consequence. - Make a connection between what he does and what will be a result of his action. Such as taking away a privilege or adding chores.
  • Describe what you want. - Be very clear and specific and have your child repeat back to you the positive behavior.
  • Practice what you want. - Praise good behavior. Tell your child how the good behavior has a positive impact. Example: Thanks for getting started on your chores right away. The sooner you finish the dishes, the sooner you can play outside with your friends.

Corrective Teaching gives parents a plan of action when responding to a child's inappropriate behavior. Try practicing this on your own before you talk to your child. Make sure to include all four steps and you will see the constructive results of the Corrective Teaching method.