Solving Behavior Challenges

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Advice for how to deal with challenging behaviors like biting, lying, cursing, separation anxiety, or trouble sleeping.
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"I hate the baby!  Why do we have to keep the baby?  You love the baby more than you love me!  The baby is yucky, take her back!" Welcome to sibling rivalry.  If you envisioned a big happy...
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Can't stop yourself from dropping the f-word when you stub your toe? Did your kid just say the b-word? Here are some tips to stop cursing before it becomes a problem -- for you or your child.
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Observe Learn Respond What happened before the biting? Are there certain biting triggers? Did biting lead to lots of attention? Is your child teething? Is your child frustrated or angry?...
An inattentive child is a frustration all parents have dealt with. Continually having to repeat directions can be exasperating and hinder a child's progress in school. According to a study conducted...
We've all been there. And many of us still are. No matter how many times we swore (to ourselves and everyone around us) that our kids will be different, that our kids will eat everything, the inevitable...
Breaking a bad habit can feel unbearable. Breaking someone else's bad habit can feel downright impossible. Luckily for us, it's our job as parents! Whether it's biting or nose picking, certain...
Poodle or a preschooler, the messes and mishaps can be the same. These rule-breaking bandits wreck havoc in the backyard, the park and your living room. We interviewed Alyson Schafer, parenting expert...
Sharon Ruggieri knows that in a house full of six kids, a few carelessly thrown socks can quickly turn a clean house into a complete disaster. Tired of cleaning up after her kids' clothes and toys,...
Raising three young children is a full-time job. For Kim Delatorre, all the laughter and silliness she needs to get through the day doesn't always leave time (or energy!) to worry about teaching healthy...
You want your children to be honest, but because they lack fully developed social skills, kids' comments can sometimes be hurtful, embarrassing or reveal way too much information.  "There are things...
The icy stare.  You've seen it before. Maybe you've even given it. There's probably no place it's dished out more than a nice restaurant when a family approaches with their kids. Diners...
Teaching manners to children can mean anything from reminding them to say please and thank you to controlling bodily functions at the dinner table - all in the course of a few minutes! Many parents find...
Parents dread being the parent of the classroom or play group biter, but it happens and is a common developmental phase for many children. Here are some pointers...
Hearing a child lie can be very disconcerting for parents, but it is a normal part of child development. Here are some pointers to help...
Dealing with separation anxiety can be harrowing for parents. The wails and tears elicit guilt and anxiety, as parents worry about their child's emotional state.
Pesky habits may start out small, but before you know it they've grown and multiplied into annoying habits that are nearly impossible to break - unless they're tackled head on! When Sarah Pinnix...
Amanda, a Manhattan mom appears to have it all: Two cute little girls, a great husband and a job that she loves in public relations. What she doesn't have, nearly ever, is a decent night's sleep. ...
Can't stop yourself from dropping the f-word when you stub your toe? Did your kid just say the b-word? Here are some tips to stop cursing before it becomes a problem -- for you or your child.
Observe Learn Respond What happened before the biting? Are there certain biting triggers? Did biting lead to lots of attention? Is your child teething? Is your child frustrated or angry?...
Observe Learn Respond Are there patterns to your baby's crying? What usually prompts your baby's crying? What works to console your child? Could she be sick, tired or hungry? Does she need...
Observe Learn Respond What triggers defiance? Are there patterns, like rejecting tooth-brushing? Are some times of day more difficult? How do you typically respond? Does defiance help her...
Observe Learn Respond How does he get to sleep? When does he sleep well? Why might he wake up at night? Can he soothe himself to sleep? Any recent changes in his world? What gets him back...
Observe Learn Respond What happened right before the aggressive act? What are common triggers? Is there a pattern to this behavior? What's causing a loss of control? Is your child hungry,...
As the mother of two girls who are only 16 months apart, Janine Huldie recognizes the benefits of her daughters having a permanent playmate, but that also means she breaks up her fair share of battles...
Aggressive Behavior Biting, crying, hitting...Understanding why children act out and knowing how to respond effectively can be challenging, especially for new parents. But it doesn't have to be. Click...
Jill Smokler has never been afraid of confessing her deepest and darkest parenting blunders (and triumphs for that matter!). As part of the Care.com Interview Series, we caught up with the Scary Mommy...
Does asking your son to brush his teeth set of an explosive outburst? Can a request to turn off the television spark a 30-minute tantrum? Kids who have explosive or frequent tantrums often test the...
You're thrilled to sign up your daughter for her first gymnastics session, but then horrified when she hasn't even placed a toe on the springy mats four classes later. Too stuck to your leg to...
No parent wants to call a child lazy, but when your son won't pick up his toys, do his homework or clean the hamster's cage, you can't think of a better description than the big "L"...
After dinner at a friend's house, you quietly instruct your 5-year-old to thank your host for a nice time. Without blinking an eye, your normally polite child crosses his arms, looks you straight...
Your adorable three-year-old princess-loving daughter wants wears rain boots all day, every day. Even at the beach, your in-laws' party, and bedtime! And any attempts to have her wear something else...
Every parent dreads the super whiner. Whether it's your child making all the noise or the kid you see every week at the park, the super whiner cranks up the pitch and volume until any adult in hearing...
Your parenting skills have just taken a hit. Your daughter's teacher calls you with a tricky situation: she saw your daughter take a classmate's lunch money. But your daughter is denying it. ...
Do you have the pop-up child? The one that you put to bed and within five minutes they have popped right out of bed with a new creative concern or plea? Many parents dream of a bedtime free of whining,...
Do you sometimes think your child has a burning desire to be in charge of the world because the bossy behavior never stops? Does your son boss around everyone from you to his friends to the family dog,...
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