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lulu14
lulu14 asks:
Q:

what should i do if a child is banging on the table?

The scenario

at lunch time a preschool child was banging a spoon and a plate on the table, other children join in her behavior and they were not listening and i felt upset.Then i said,"stop that banging!"then i sat down with her and explain to her  that the spoon and plates are for eating not to be use as instruments.

what other ideas could i have tried?
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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mamalitke
mamalitke writes:
Hello lulu14!
    What a crazy moment that must have been for you! Based on your descriptions, it sounded as if the children were waiting for lunch. Moments where children have to wait, (waiting in line, waiting for a turn, waiting for activities to start etc.) are invitations for discipline problems. Therefore, it is important to plan for these transition times. In your case,if the children waiting for their lunch, I would recommend singing songs, or doing fingerplays or play Simon says. Distract them  while they wait.
    However, If the problem started during lunch, I would give a natural consequence for the negative behavior. When the child starts banging, calmly and firmly remind the child that spoons and plates are used for eating food not banging, maybe add in how it makes the food spill and banging makes it hard to hear each other talk etc. If the offense is repeated, tell the child if they do it again then they will have to leave the table and be done with their lunch. If the child continues to do it, then you must stick to your word and carry out the consequence. Stay calm and firm. Do not show the child that their negative behavior is affecting you.
> 60 days ago

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