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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

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Primary Needs Being Revealed

We all have physical needs that we are born with—called our primary needs—and if these needs aren’t met, that can sometimes cause misbehavior.

This section considers the primary needs being revealed by the misbehaving child. Watching how children behave in order to get their primary needs met can really help you get a handle on correcting discipline problems.

No matter what our age, we seek continually to meet our primary needs. Therefore, when we parents attempt to change the behavior of a child, one of our first considerations must be to look at primary needs not being met. These needs must be filled before the child can turn his or her attention to anything else—including better behavior.

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