As educators, we ask ourselves why children are exhibiting strange behavior and what can I do help lead and guide children into appropriate behavior. There are many risk factors that can impact a child’s behavior. As educators and parents our goal is to encourage positive behavior that allows the child to thrive and be a success in learning. In this paper, I am going to discuss risk factors that influence behavior and strategies that teachers can use to help the child regain control over their behavior. Challenging behavior risk factors have been arranged into two categories biological and environmental.
A biological risk factor is defined,” as anything that impacts a child from the time the child was conceived and until birth, and begins with genes” (Kaiser & Sklar Rasminsky, 2012, p. 18). According to Kaiser and Sklar Rasminsky (2012), environmental risk factor is described as “the section begins with the child’s family-a child’s closest environment and moves outward through Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological model which focuses on peers, school, community, and influences from society” (p.18). The risk factors that I am going to discuss in this paper that influences behavior is no parent involvement, poverty, and media (violence).
Parents are key components to a child’s life and development. As educators, we know that being a parent can have many challenges. Children should be important to their parents, but in some cases the child may not have a positive relationship or bond with their dad or mom. When a parent is not involved in their child’s life, education, or development or does not respond to the child in a warm and loving manner, the child may react with aggressive behavior.
“Research has determined that if parents would take time to get involved in their child’s life and education, this lays the foundation for a child to be successful in learning, build positive and meaningful relationships, and encourages appropriate behavior that is not aggressive or disruptive” (Lopez, 2009). If parents stay involved in the child’s life and education, this supports the child’s achievement throughout his or her life. As educators, we make mistakes just like the families in our programs do. Our goal is to build a positive and significant relationship with the parents and provide opportunities to get the parents involved in every aspect of their child’s life. Communication is a key essential to know why as educators we do things a certain way, and also get to know why the family does certain things. The whole issue is that we need to respect and be sensitive to the families feeling and needs.
The best way to get parents involved is to allow the parents to come into the facility and observe their child. The best way that parents can get involved in the program and to be a part of their child’s life is to become involved in the classroom by reading a story to the children, chaperoning on field trips or activities, or help the teacher with activities...