guycdavidson asks:

My Kindergartner is not listening, following directions, etc. in school. What can I do at home after the fact to disciplne her for this behavior?

My daughter lands on the worst color almost everyday on her behavior chart at school. Her teacher says that she talks when she is not supposed to, does not follow directions, sticks her tongue out at friends, and touches them or their belongings when they have asked her not to and has yet to say one positive thing about my child. If something like this were to happen in front of me I would deal with it immediately. What can I do after the fact to discipline her at home for her behavior at school? I have tried talking to her, taking away privileges (treats, tv, toys, etc.), time outs which all seem to be pretty ineffective thus far. She was not acting like this in preschool so this is the first time I am having to deal with this behavior. I am all ears for any ideas!
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



Sep 29, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Settling down in to a strict routine can pose challenges for some kindergarten children.  Perhaps connecting with the school guidance counselor can be of help to your child and others.  

In addition try the information on  transitions and kindergarten expectations here:

  KIDLUTIONS is full of ideas for kids who have some behavioral challenges:

   Listen To Me Please gives behavioral alternatives for every day early childhood problems.

 Note that time outs are not usually effective, so working with professional resources may be most beneficial.

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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