Hearing about your child’s misbehavior at school can be frustrating and downright embarrassing. Do not despair, whether your child is refusing to do his math papers or he’s disrupting the entire class. Join forces with your child’s teacher and address behavior problems like a team. Work with your child’s teacher to create some goals for your child. Start by focusing on one or two at a time in case our child exhibits multiple behavior issues. For example, whispering to his neighbor during class may not be important to address at the moment, in case your child is hitting other kids.  Create a goal to address the most problematic behavior first. To prevent any issues before they start, discuss when the behavior problems occur and brainstorm strategies. Inquire about any resources the school may have to help prevent fights with peers in case your child seems to only get himself into trouble at recess.  For example, is there a staff member keep a closer eye on your child? Are there certain children he has trouble getting along with? Simple solutions can very effective in addressing behavior problems sometimes. There are some very important things you should know about the ways to address behavior problems.

How to address behavior problems

Sometimes teachers only report to parents when there’s bad news. But it is essential that you increase the communication in case your child is exhibiting behavior problems. Daily behavior reports provide a quick and easy way for the teacher to keep you updated on your child’s progress. They often feel more motivated to bring home a good report when children know you'll be communicating with the teacher daily. There are many different ways to develop a daily behavior report. The report could be as simple as the teacher coloring in a green, yellow, or red face on a piece of paper. Or it could include an email from the teacher with a rating system from 1 to 5, where the teacher rates your child’s behavior. In case your child improves and establish positive consequences that will keep him motivated, discuss what will happen. It could be as simple as saying on the days he receives a good report, he can play on the computer when he gets home. Or, perhaps he can earn points with such a token economy system that will help him earn bigger rewards if his daily report card looks good. There will likely be times when negative consequences are needed. Find out how the school plans to address the behavior that requires a negative consequence. For example, will they keep him after school? Will he need to stay in for recess?  An at-home consequence may be necessary in case the school struggles to find effective consequences. Explain the plan to your child. Make it clear that you’ll be receiving reports about his behavior every day once you have worked with the teacher to develop a plan. Tell him what will happen if his behavior improves and explain the negative consequences he’ll incur if he breaks the rules.