Setting the stage for good behavior

Children do not learn behavior in a vacuum any more than they grow up in one. They and the way they act are the product of many forces, inside and outside the home, and parents who recognize this have an advantage when it comes to teaching effective behavior.

The important thing is to recognize that, to a large extent, behavior can be controlled, and pitfalls avoided by foresight. This means creating the kind of loving atmosphere in which good behavior can flourish.

Factors that affect behavior

Learning how to behave well is basically a matter of conditioning. When a youngster