Why is my child well-behaved at school but not at home?
Many parents find their child acts like a little angel at school and saves all their bad behavior for home. Why does this happen and what can you do to encourage model behavior at both school and home?
I think we can all say we've experienced this. This answer coming from a fairly strict parent (whom doesn't always succeed) I've always been told that expectations are very high at school. They are expected to sit quietly, be respectful to their peers and teacher, to keep it together for up to 8 hours on their very very best behavior. Rather they succeed or not a fully behaving there, school is a stressful environment. So needless to say, the moment they step home it is their "safe zone". They aren't judged or expected to sit quietly, or behave in the same manner as they do at school. They are loved unconditionally and unfortunately we get to see the "comfortable" side of them. It's time for them to release and unwind. Though it may not always be pretty, in my opinion I would much rather see the dark side than for them to show it in school. If they are succeeding and their teachers have positive feelings about them and they are respectful to others, then I am doing my job correctly at home.
Because teachers have clear boundaries in class.... and clear expectations in class....and clear consequences in class. If you did that at home you'd see the same child they see in the classroom. "Make your yes mean yes, and your no mean no" No matter what the reaction. Don't say "no, you cant have that" then 10 minutes after saying it, during a tantrum, say "ok, here! You can have it just stop crying!" Never give in.... your yes is yes and they need to be able to count on that. And when you say "no".... its NO... now, and it 10 minutes... its still NO! They should be able to count on that too.
NEVER say "don't make me count to 10!".... just say "I'm going to count to 10, you must _____ before I get to 10 OR you'll be in time out for ___ minutes" (or whatever your discipline is) Then start counting! I have a friend who does this and says "ok, 1, 2, 3, 4... DONT MAKE ME COUNT BELLA!!! 1, 2, 3, 4... YOU BETTER GET ON IT, I'm COUNTING!!! 1, 2, 3, 4!" really??? does she think this will EVER work? no... Bella cant count on one thing she says and is so confused by this "game" of pretend counting.
She obviously has great self control at school... so you KNOW she's capable of having it. She's choosing to act out at home because there are no clear guidelines for her to follow.... kids aren't great at reading between the lines... make your rules/boundaries/guidelines very clear.. and stick with them. Good luck.. these are the days that, if done well and consistent, can pave the way to having a very well behaved child! :) Hang in there and be consistent! :)
Always keep in mind... you aren't supposed to be her BFF... but MOM... never confuse those two things. Your job is to raise a young lady with good manners, who is kind, generous, smart, pleasant, among other things... not to be your BFF. I feel like parents are forgetting their role in their children's lives. Sad but true.
Kids can t be good all if the time, I can trust my kids at other homes and school but at home they fight and answer me back they re 11, 8 & 7. I d rather it that way as they have to vent somehow! They re fine and well behaved and well mannered most of the time but that s kids for you!!! Give them a break, they re constantly stimulated and entertained and sometimes want to chill and do nothing! I remind myself what it was like as a kid to be constantly nagged after school so try not to do the same,,, I do slip though!! Good luck everyone! It gets better, just focus on the good!!
Well, one thing: at school they have consequences that are consistently enforced, and enforced before the behavior gets out of control. Does that happen at home?... It should.
Kids do this when they begin to realize what societies expectations are. I also believe it is easier for a teacher to use peer pressure in a group of 20 kids (if george continues to disrupt the class we will not have time to play) than it is for a parent with a few children. Also that type of "disipline" would not work as well at home because the child would more likely feel alienated than motivated. You have to begin by questioning what your expectations are and what you "put up with". If your child is disrespectful to you and you do not have a consistant expectation for them not to, or you ignore the behavior, or even give in to it, you are telling your child that it is ok to behave that way. A teacher would never send this message to a child because they would then have class of 20 out of control students. The first thing is to model the behavior you expect (are you impatient and wondering why your child throws a tantrum when they have to wait?). Next is to talk with your child about your family values and expectations (we dont use words like that because they are disrespectful/hurtful) And finally, if those have not worked, a simple and clear message that the behavior will not be tolerated. After a few weeks of my 5 year olds attitude spiraling out of control, I sat him down, explained my expectations and told him the concequence would be a time out with no warnings. I remind him of the expectations at the first sign of disrespect because I know at his age it is difficult to have impulse control. Obviously though, forms of disipline will vary depending on age and family.
Children make choices just like adults do . My daughter is an honor roll , close to perfect child at school , then comes home to act like a monster and loaded with disrespect . Repetition and punishment are the keys . It is getting better . She is leanring she can not disrespect me just b/c I am mom . I ask her why she does this and her answer was, your mom . When I factor in hurt feelings and disappointment I saw an improvment . Games and ipods have been taken away and old fashioned activities like swings sets , bikes , coloring and books have taken over . It has gotten better .
same here, I have a 6 year old in Kindergarten and she is awesome at school and doesn't listen to a word I say at home. I asked her why and she said "I'm afraid I'll get kicked out of school, and I don't want to get kicked out." haha I'm not sure how I should have responded to that. I didn't let her know that it would take a lot to get kicked out. I just nodded. haha I guess she knows I wouldn't kick her out of the house for not picking up her toys. :/
OMG! My daughter is a model student in her Kindergarten class she made star of the month this month. However, when she comes home she really acts out not mean but I have to tell her things 10 x's to get her to do something. She doesn't cooperate like her chores and she whines, cries and throws tantrums.
Jamie Pannell, couldn't of said it better myself.spot on.
I have this issue with my almost 9 year old son. I hope someone has a solution!
I have two children one my son is well behaved at school and home. my daughter however is great at school but difficult at home, never listening or doing as she is told. We have a reward chart so we can praise the good behaviour and a time out zone to sit out bad behaviour. However it is far easier to ignor the bad behavour to a degree as she is only 3 and I am sure as she gets older she will grow out of the tantrums as my son did. However my children know if they don't pick up their toys, if I have to do it they go in the bin end of. At the end of the day its about following through and being strong, and staying in control. Which most of my friends kids seem to be the ones who are in control of their parents which is wrong!
I had a neighbor who did not follow through on threats of discipline at home where at school, the teachers followed through. CHildren need well defined boundaries and a parent who is not afraid to follow through when they give warnings of punishment e.g. time out, taking away a priviledge etc. Also, her kids loved her, but had no respect for her. Kids do watch your behavior, which they will follow more so than what you tell them. If you lie, cheat or steal in front of them, then punish them for doing the same, you have no grounds or basis for respect. Be a parent who is consistent in all that you represent before your child. They need the boundaries held high and not just when you feel like it or are having a good day. Be a parent, not a friend to your child. Friends sometimes dont hold each other accountable. They have enough friends at school. Just a few ideas to add. Don't know what the real reason is for the misbehavior, but sometimes too, kids will NOT be ignored. They will do whatever to get the attention they so desire, even if it's bad behavior.
My son is the EXACT same way!! When I go to the parent-teacher conferences, the teacher always tells me how good a kid I have and how polite. I just look at her & say " are we talking about the same kid?" I guess I should be relieved that he doesn't act up in school but I do think it would be nice if he was well behaved at home as well! HAHA
My little one is a little wonder at school, but can be at home when he wants to. I can't offer any advise as to how to improve home behaviour, but in my opinion all children are naughty at some time and I would rather it was at home instead of school.
We have the same situation. What I've learned is to teach my daugther that it's OK to blow off steam, it's OK to be angry, it's OK to feel grumpy and tired at the end of the day but it's NOT OK to be rude to me, to yell at me, to refuse to cooperate with reasonable requests, to pitch a tantrum or to be mean to your family. I suggest to her a range of ways to work out those feelings, like lying in bed with some music on, playing a quiet game or watching a movie, helping with cooking dinner, playing with the dog (nothing better than some time with happy pet) or taking a walk. She may not WANT to do any of these, so I ask if she has any ideas and if she doesn't, I ask her to figure out what she needs to do to bring herself back down to earth so that she can behave kindly. If she refuses, she is disciplined (we favour Time Out in our house). It's not easy, but after many, many repetitions of this speech, she's starting to get into a habit with it.
wow I have a child that does the opposite. He's a perfectly well behaved child at home and every setting except school.
I don't now but my child does the same thing at school.She mean at home,have to punsh her at home.And when some body come over she sweet as can be,but by the they leave she go right back being means again?
Sign your friend Diane