To deal with common child behavior problems, parents or guardians should provide instructions effectively by using the right words to communicate with their children. Instead of asking questions, the parent should use statements to eliminate evasiveness in the child, says The parent should provide clear instructions and be respectful, which helps a child learn to be polite while interacting with others and to listen attentively.

To empower the child, give a choice or provide alternative options, which sets up a structure for engaging with him and dealing with behavioral issues. By choosing appropriate consequences to a child’s misbehavior, the parent helps realign the child. Effective consequences include praising the child for appropriate behavior, which encourages a recurrence of good behavior and spells out the parent’s expectations, according to Adopting a reward system to encourage good behavior is effective in two-year-olds and older children while maintaining a diary of behavior helps a parent track a child’s progress, says

By actively ignoring minor misbehavior, such as whining, by withholding attention and providing positive attention when a child behaves appropriately, the parent teaches the child to engage in a positive way, notes When considering discipline, parents should clearly define the major and minor behavioral problems to determine which ones require serious attention, recommends Focus on the Family.