How to Punish Five-Year-Olds at Home for Bad Behavior in School

If a 5-year-old begins having behaviour issues at school, it may be wise to analyse the situation quickly to solve the problem. There may be underlying reasons for your child's acting out, so if you can understand why your child is having problems, you can stop the misbehavior. Proceed carefully when punishing 5-year-olds at home for bad behaviour in school. Although misbehaving should have consequences, temper justice with mercy.

Talk with your child's teacher or a school administrator to understand the situation and the circumstances of the misbehavior. Ask questions and get detailed answers so you know what happened. Find out if this is an isolated event or if the school notices a pattern of misbehavior.

Sit down with your child to discuss the misbehavior. Talk about what you learnt from the school officials and ask your child to tell you about what happened in her own words. Try not to interrupt or interfere as your child talks because you may learn valuable information about how your child is feeling or about what motivated your child's behaviour.

Make the punishment fit the crime. If your child hurt another child at school or did something else equally serious, impose a consequence that will get your child's attention and discourage similar behaviour. For example, your child may lose his television privileges or gaming privileges for a period of time (several days or up to a week) or she might need to miss a special event. On the other hand, if your child has just been disrupting class, the punishment might not need to be as severe. A similar loss of privileges for a shorter time might be effective.


Share details about home life with the school administrator so the school knows what is occurring in your child's life. For example, if your child is having difficulty adjusting to a recent remarriage or move, tell the school so the teachers and administrators can more effectively handle your child. Look beyond the misdeed to understand the reason, if possible. If your child is having emotional problems and is acting out as a result, punishment may make the situation worse. Consult a professional for help if you feel your child has issues you cannot solve.

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