Dealing With Troublesome Children

As important as it is to know what to do when things go well, it is also important to know what to do when things go bad!  Since children are a product of their family, many children act out in daycare, school and after school. These children are usually taught different priorities. While it is not our position to judge parents for how they raise children, it is our job to ensure that the behaviors within childcare don’t upset or harm other children or themselves. 

These skills are universally important for anyone working with children, and regardless of which childcare sequence you’re heading towards– be it young kids, older kids or adolescents– this lesson is essential to maintaining order and bringing out the best in your organization. While this subject has entire textbooks written about each topic, this survey course will provide an overview on the following topics…

An overview of the different behaviors too expect and the theoretical psychology behind those behaviors.

How to deal with children and teens who are too aggressive towards one another or towards the childcare worker.

Once things get physical, the rules can change and there may be some behaviors you must notify parents about

When children continuously tease or fight a specific child, we consider that bullying. How to address bullying and make a daycare or program a bully-free place.

Not all bad behaviors are intrusive, sometimes children are inattentive, aloof, or otherwise unresponsive to instruction. What is happening and how can you address that as a childcare worker?

When children are upset and are unable to communicate it, what is happening and what can you do about it? We often refer to this as fussiness, but it can underlie some more serious concerns, too.

There are legal responsibilities childcare workers have, especially licensed ones, to address and report abuse. Learn what the signs are and how to address them.

What to do when you can’t do anything. Sometimes an issue needs to be elevated to management, to the authorities, or anyone else. And sometimes there is simply nothing you can do because it’s up to the parents at times!