Children’s behaviour: A guiding approach


By Louise Porter

Guiding behaviour in children is an important part of development, as it teaches self-regulation. This capacity for self-regulation has to be learned and is a key emotional task of childhood. Detailed in this book is the ‘guidance approach’ to children’s behaviour, which is based on the belief that children don’t need incentives to behave thoughtfully, they need skills. And the most important skill for children to learn is how to manage their own emotions. The guidance approach is also based on the belief that we are all motivated internally: by our needs.



Other topics explored in this book are:

  • the beliefs and values behind children’s behaviours
  • tips for how to acknowledge children’s achievements
  • the origins of disruptive behaviour including external stressors, health and developmental inexperience
  • alternatives to punishment such as adjusting the environment
  • further reading and resources for support in guiding the behaviour of your own children or children in your care.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

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