Hi have your kids ever acted like an animal!! well I babysitt and these kids I see every day are always acting like animals! they run around the house and make animal noises! I t gets really annoying and I can never study!! HELP!! How do I make them STOP?!! AHHHHHH!!!!!
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They are acting that way to see how far they can go. Kids love to test you and if you don't put your foot down and let them know you will not put up with that behavior then things will continue and more than likely get worse. I would sit down with them and explain respect. Reward them when they are good and punish them when they are bad. Find out what there favorite game is and tell them if they behave while you study then you will play a game with them and if they don't then take a favorite toy away for awhile.
Agreed! Rewards are the best way of getting desired behavioral results. (Relate this to raising your pups! It's very much alike!)
Here's an idea I use with my younger students at school:
Go to Wall Mart and get those standard "raffle tickets" that you might get at baseball games.
Get a bag and fill it with candy, prizes, treats, whatever.
next time you babysit....have tickets in your pocket or hand or whatever. Bring the bag of prizes also. Whenever one child examples appropriate behavior, or calmness, manners...whatever! Hand that child a ticket. It reinforces the good behavior, and gives some sort of immidiate reward also. The first time you do it, make sure the other kids see you give him/her the ticket.
When the other kids inquire as to what the tickets are for....Tell them....because she was "doing her homework quietly," or whatever the behavior was that earned the ticket. Then tell them, whenever I catch you behaving, you might earn the chance to get tickets too. Before I leave, you can cash the tickes in for prizes from the prize bag! The more tickets you get, the bigger the prizes are! (Or however you might want to set it up for them!) Then tell them, "you won't get tickets for just anything! You REALLY have to work hard!" I always have bigger prizes in my box that are worth more tickets. Like coloring books are worth 5 tickets....etc.
Just a thought........in a way, yes it is bribery....but hey, I'm not above that!! hahahaa. Try it sometime, see if ot works for you...I tend to get great results! Good luck!
This was actually on Dr. Phil the other day. The first thing he mentioned is that this is a totally normal toddler-aged behavior because it is when kids start to develop imaginations. They have done studies that prove that children that 'act out' different stories or pretend to be something different actually have a high level of intelligence. I wouldn't stop them completely from doing this because it is creative thinking, but I would start working with them on moderation. Teach them when it's acceptable to do this, and when it's not. Egg timers work well for my kids. If they are doing something in access, give them a time limit. Say something like, "Okay, we are going to play 'horsie' for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, that means it's time to stop and do something else" Or set a time in the day when YOU even act out with them. Because then it's not something they will do all the time, it's something they will look forward to because you are pretending with them. Everytime you babysit, you can tell them, "Now is not the right time to play animals, but after dinner (or whenever time is best for you), I will play with you guys and we can pretend to be whatever you want! If you do it before then, then I'm not going to play" Kids love when adults interract with them, so it's kind of like a reward to them to wait so that they can do it with you. And that way, they're not doing it ALL the time, lol :)