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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.

What is 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.

Corrective Teaching Steps

Step 1: Stop the problem behavior and ask for attention. 

Ask your child to sit down or stop whatever activity they are doing. Ask them to give you their full attention. 

Step 2: Give a consequence for misbehavior.

Make a connection between the undesired behavior and what will be a result of this action. A consequence can include taking away a privilege or adding new chores. 

Step 3: Be clear and detailed with instructions. 

Describe what you want. Be very clear and specific with your instructions. Have your child repeat back to you the positive behavior that you're seeking to ensure understanding.

Step 4: Praise good behavior.

Praise good behavior. Tell your child how the good behavior has a positive impact. Positive reactions to desirable behavior helps reinforce good behavior.  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.

Read more tips for getting your child to listen, the first time.