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How to Prevent Challenging Behaviors

  1. Use words, hugs, and kisses to recognize positive behaviors.
  2. Remove from your child's reachthings that are not for children or are dangerous.
  3. Always have toys and fun things at home, in the car, in your bag, and when you travel .
  4. Think of your children's needs when you plan things to do with them
  5. Don't put young children in adult situations.
  6. Avoid situations that cause negative behaviors.
  7. Use everyday situations to remind children of your rules.
  8. Teach children behaviors and skills that are expected at their ages.