Being a good parent requires knowing when to push and when to back off, when to help and when to let them make mistakes and then being strong enough to watch them go. – Unknown


Being a parent surely brings happiness. We see and a small version of someone in our life. However, the journey as a parent is not always beautiful. There are always new challenges in life as parents. Especially if the child is already at pre-school age.

At this age, the child’s brain activity will increase significantly compared to the previous age. They have high curiosity and are increasingly active in asking questions and doing things. This is what makes children sometimes become mischievous.

When your child is in this phase, you do not need to worry too much. Your child’s behavior that you see as mischievous is a sign that he/she is active in processing new information.

As a parent, you can give the right attention and handling so that the child’s mischievousness in their childhood becomes a good thing in the future. There are several things you can do about this.

Finding the Causes of Children Being Mischievous

You need to find out the reasons why your child can be mischievous to friends and their environment. If the reason is because of curiosity, then respond positively as long as the child’s behavior is still at a reasonable stage.

If a child becomes mischievous because they want attention, then give them the attention. Give your children time and respond to their complaints. Usually, children who like to seek attention are children who get less attention from their parents.

If a child becomes mischievous to transfer their aggressiveness, you need to give them a place to transfer their aggressiveness into something more positive, such as inviting children to do outdoor activities, such as exercising.

Discuss that Being Mischievous is not a behavior that many people can accept

Discuss with them about this behavior. Tell that sometimes there are people who cannot accept this kind of behavior. When you find that your child likes to be mischievous, you need to explain to them in a language that they can easily understand that being mischievous is not a good deed.

You can also tell the risk or consequences that can happen by doing this, such as friends getting angry and even disliking you.

Give Proper Consequences

When you have given understanding to the children and given them advice, but the children are still being mischievous towards their friends, and even worse, you need to give proper consequences, even it would be strict. You must give a consequence that makes them feel guilty and does not want to repeat the mistake.

For example, you could temporarily take your child’s favorite toys/ things. You can return it when they regret it and do not repeat the action within the time that you have set. Things like this will let children know that their actions are not right and beneficial for them.

In doing these consequences, make sure as parents, you need to tell children why you are doing this. This is often being done by teachers when applying punishment in schools. The teacher tells the reasons why they need to get the consequences for certain students.

This will make them know what they did wrong and why they need to face the consequences. From these consequences, they can learn to reduce and even becomes a better person.

No Physical Punishment

Whatever your child does, physical punishment is something you need to stay away from in disciplining you. Maybe you are tempted to do this because you see your friend’s child becomes obedient when being hit by their parents. However, this may not necessarily work with your child.

Physical punishment sometimes makes children more disobedient to you. They subconsciously form a rebellious mentality every time you give them physical punishment.

Besides, violence is not the best solution in educating children. It can make children have difficulty trusting in you and even make them question your love for them as a parent.

For this reason, the most important thing in handling children is to give the right consequences in non-physical forms by considering your child’s character.

Knowing things that you can do to discipline and educate your children will help you in overcoming your mischievous children.

Good luck, dear parents!

May 9, 2021

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