Dealing with a Defiant Child

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Dealing with a defiant child can be tricky. Every person, especially children, learn differently. Because of this, every child does not necessarily react the same way to certain “punishments” as other children. I have run a daycare out of my home for several years. While some children can be easily redirected to doing a different task, other children needed to be placed in “time out” in order for them to calm down. I have two children. A 12 year old daughter who is in honors class and a 5 year old autistic daughter. While my 12 year old daughter was always very mellow, I could correct her behavior by simply redirecting her or talking with her about her actions. If it became severe enough for punishment, it would seem to shatter her world. She would be devastated. My 5 year old, however, is a different story. She does not grasp the concept of discussing what it is she is having a difficult time with, and redirection only frustrates her. The only real way to get through to her is for her to see real consequences to her actions (ie: taking away toys and/or privileges, seeing that her actions have hurt her friends, etc.). Because she has a behavior disability, it can be quite challenging when dealing with her defiance. I feel both redirection and punishment are excellent ways to help in dealing with a defiant child. Depending on the child’s personality, one method may work while the other will not even faze them. It is up to us, as adults, to decipher the children’s learning abilities and personalities and handle their defiance accordingly. That being said, I do not believe in corporal punishment for a child at all. Hitting a child only teaches them it is ok to hit others when they have done something wrong. Screaming at a child only makes them afraid, it does not teach them anything. Punishment CAN be done without hurting or striking fear into a…...

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