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Secondary Behaviours

Secondary behaviour is hard to define. It is any form of inappropriate, disrespectful, 'tantrumy' behaviour that your child engages in when you have intervened or challenged them over what ever behaviour they were originally doing.

Common examples of secondary behaviour include:

The best way of dealing with secondary behaviours is to ignore them. This is easier said than done as it is often these secondary behaviours that ignite our own fuses! As parents we can get incredibly angry at this wilful challenge to our authority and lack of respect. But, when we do respond to these behaviours we ultimately fail to alter the child's behaviour in the long term. This is because when we respond we tend to do one or more of the following: