How to Prevent Misbehavior in School-Age Children

When children suffer from sadness, anger, rage, frustration, or other intense emotions that they haven't learned to manage properly, then they misbehave. Find out how to prevent misbehavior in this article.
How to Prevent Misbehavior in School-Age Children

Last update: 20 February, 2021

When children misbehave, there’s always a certain feeling inside them that triggers it. Usually it’s sadness; at other times, it’s anger, rage and even frustration. Read on to discover how to prevent misbehavior in children.

Sadness, like any other feeling, is a normal emotional process that everyone will have to go through at some point or another. Sadness helps us to understand that there’s something in our life that isn’t right and that something needs to change.

Life brings many changes, and this can produce sadness, a sadness that lessens or ends completely as soon as the problems that cause it have been solved. However, if you don’t give it the attention it needs, then sadness can sometimes lead to depression. This, in turn, can cause more complicated emotional disturbances and behavioral problems.

Children also feel sad

Children, especially those who are already of school age, experience sadness in the early stages of their lives, just like adults do. Due to different behavioral and sociological factors, young children may be prone to sadness, especially if they don’t receive enough time, security, care and support from their parents or peers.

How to Prevent Misbehavior in School-Age Children

Experts believe that behavioral problems affect cognitive learning. This can also be a problem, especially concerning the memory and language development of school-age children. Parents and teachers should pay more attention and support to younger children in order to avoid behavioral problems.

How to prevent misbehavior

To prevent misbehavior in children, both at home and at school (in addition to paying more attention to preschoolers), here are some strategies that parents and teachers will find useful:

  • Pay attention to what a child is asking for. Being attentive to children’s requests will make them feel more valued and can help them see things in a positive light. You can help children have a positive attitude in life by going a few steps further.
  • Teach them to have a positive attitude. You can teach a child to have a positive attitude in life by helping them to be more independent and self-sufficient. Always reassure a child that they’ll always have your love and support.
  • Tell them you love them. Saying “I love you” daily, or as often as you can, helps a child cope with the possible sadness they’ll feel when you’re not around. The reassurance of your love and support can also give them more self-confidence.
  • Listen to what they have to say. Being interested in a child’s daily activities or asking how they feel about certain things will make the child feel that they’re important. This feeling of importance can help a child feel secure knowing that the adults in their lives feel that way.
  • Nurture their interests. Encouraging and nurturing a child’s interests, hobbies and inclinations will make them feel that you support their decisions and choices.
How to Prevent Misbehavior in School-Age Children

More useful tips

  • Spend quality time together. Even if you’re busy, be sure to spend quality time with a child to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in their life. This bonding time can also help the sadness to disappear, as they’ll see that there are people who are willing to spend quality time with them.
  • Observe. If you notice a child’s mood continually fluctuating or that they’re losing the drive to do something they once enjoyed, then it’s time to ask them what’s wrong. Observing a child’s behavior can also help you determine what’s bothering them and can help you monitor whether they’re prone to developing behavioral problems.
  • Be a role model. Showing a child positive approaches to dealing with problems can help them acquire the skills they need when they have to deal with their own problems. If they see how you deal with specific problems, then they’re likely to imitate them and apply it in their lives.

Parents and teachers can help alleviate sadness and depression in children, which in turn will allow them to learn and prevent behavioral problems later down the line. Taking the time to show a child that you really care about them can have an impact that will last a lifetime.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.