As parents, you may need to look at what you are expecting of your children and make sure it is realistic for their age and stage of development. Expecting your two-year-olds to sit at the dinner table for a long period of time is unrealistic and will inevitably cause unwanted behaviour.
Often children misbehave for a reason. Reasons may be due to hunger, tiredness, frustration, anxiety or attention seeking.
It is important to remember that twins, triplets and more are individual people. Lots of behaviour issues can come from them wanting to find their own identity and not always wanting to be labelled as the ‘twins’ or the ‘triplets’.
There will also be times when your children show undesirable behaviour as this is how they test boundaries and learn.
It’s the job of parents to try and understand why children are displaying unwanted behaviour and provide strategies to try and prevent it before the behaviour takes place. By identifying these you are halfway to being able to prevent the misbehaviour or to help children be able to deal with them in a more positive way.
We have tips to understand why they're displaying unwanted behaviour and provide strategies to prevent it.
If you want to learn more about how to be a more positive parent and managing unwanted behaviour please sign up to our Parenting and Behaviour online course. It is aimed at parents of multiples between the age of 1-8 and looks at common behavioural problems and ways you can handle them. For details and dates please visit the Courses page.
Also if you have a specific problem you are really struggling with you can contact our helpline, Twinline, and we will be happy to discuss it with you.