Help your child exhibit acceptable behavior according to his age level.

Acceptable Child Behavior

by Victoria Thompson

Your child behaves according to his age and development. Sometimes he will exhibit a particular behavior at home and a different one in public, for better or worse. Teach your little one what is acceptable and what's comfortable for your tolerance level. Remember, with young kids, you may find yourself repeating behavioral directions until you're blue in the face. Hopefully the results will pay off and be positive; if not, you'll definitely learn a lesson in persistence.

1. Seek Independence

Young kids want to try things themselves. You may see your little one walking around the house, wanting to be like Mommy or Daddy. She yearns to be independent at this stage. Let her do as much on her own as she can. If she walks around with a neon green shirt and purple shorts, let her express her wardrobe flair. You may want to provide some guidance if things get out of hand, like demanding to wear a winter coat on the hottest day in July.

2. High Energy Levels

You probably have to take vitamins to keep up with your little one's bouncing around the house. If only parents had enough energy to match that of their children. Your child is learning and exercising motor development by running, flipping and hopping, so get used to not having your house to yourself. Turn your little one's energy into an asset and let him help you organize the house after he's done tearing it up.

3. Curiosity

Small children are interested in how the world works. You'll need to monitor some of this newfound curiosity that your child has. Get used to lots of questions and your child wanting to know why. This is probably a favorite word for young kids and will be burned into your brain until she grows out of this stage. Remain patient and do your best to give an answer she'll understand at her age level.

4. Practice Socialization

Your little one is a social being and will learn from others his age. He learns important life lessons while playing with other kids, like how to share space and toys, which are important characteristics. Be careful that he doesn't learn negative behavior instead and decide to throw a tantrum in the middle of a store, to get Mommy's attention. He won't particularly like the attention he gets. If your child is shy, he may want to watch others play before joining the activities himself, which is perfectly fine.

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