Observing & taking notes

Observing Your Child: Specifics to Look For

By Lexi Walters Wright

If you’ve decided to observe your child and take notes on a specific behavior, you might be wondering how to proceed. Ask yourself these questions when you see the problem behavior in action. It can help you find patterns—and that can lead to solutions. If appropriate, consider asking your child these questions, too.

What was going on just prior to the incident?
How could you tell your child was getting upset?

Observing your child and taking notes can help you find patterns in your child’s behavior. Explore Parenting Coach for more practical tips.

About the Author

Portrait of Lexi Walters Wright

Lexi Walters Wright is a veteran writer and editor who helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

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Portrait of Molly Algermissen

Molly Algermissen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of medical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and clinical director of PROMISE.

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