How to get your children to behave during the holidays

Holidays are what every child looks forward to, at the end of a tiresome week or month or more. Holidays signal an uninterrupted phase of merrymaking, games and trips. It is thus natural to expect children to be the most excited and enthusiastic around this time of the year. Here are a few clever parenting tips that can ensure the best behavior from children:

As hosts

One sure way of keeping children occupied is by making them help out their parents with the arrangements for a holiday get-together or party. The least a child could do is go up and greet the guests at the door. Slightly older children can offer to take their coats or show them around the house, or ask if they need anything.

These small tasks help make parents feel less stressed and also go a long way in preparing the children as good hosts, later in life.

As guests

There are a few basic rules that children need to be taught when entering anyone’s premises. For example, knocking on a closed door and asking permission to enter, to say “thank you” and “please” when asking the host for anything. It is also immensely appreciated if children offer to help the host in the smallest possible way.

When receiving gifts

It does not matter who is giving, or what the gift contains. Gifts are exchanged to express warmth or affection. Children should remember to accept gifts gracefully. The shortest expression of gratitude or appreciation that a child can be taught is “thank you”. This is a complete sentence in itself. As they grow up, they could be taught to say “Thank you for the gift. I love it”, “How kind of you to think of me”, and so on. These manners are also taught in child care centres in Singapore . This creates a positive impact on the giver, making them appreciative of the parents and the children alike.

When the child misbehaves

Life would be perfect for parents if their children refrained from throwing a tantrum or two in the middle of a gathering, right? Well, there’s no foolproof method to curb it, so here are some suggestions to ease out the problem. Teachers in child care centres say that parents can signal or take the child to a quiet corner of the venue to explain calmly, and make sure to avoid addressing the same within the reach of an audience.

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